Sunflower Bean

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Sunflower Bean find magic within friction. The New York trio's full-length debut album, Human

Ceremony [Fat Possum Records], emerges at the intersection of dreamy modern psychedelica

and urgent fuzzed-out bliss. That push-and-pull colors the aural tapestry of these three

musicians - Jacob Faber [drums], Julia Cumming [vocals/bass], and Nick Kivlen [vocals/guitars].

"Everything comes from a conflicting interest," affirms Nick. "We love dream pop, but we also

really love rock 'n' roll. It's those two spectrums."

"You're allowed to obsess over Black Sabbath as well as The Cure," adds Julia. "It'd be boring if

everything was just one way or the other."

That diversity defined the group's approach since Nick and Jacob started jamming back in high

school. They would hole up in Jacob's Long Island basement for hours on end, channeling this

vast cadre of influences. Julia's addition would only expand that creative palette further in 2013.

Through constant gigging around New York, Sunflower Bean sprouted into a sonic enigma,

boasting a fiery musical call-and-response that serves as a centerpiece, giving the music what

Jacob refers to as a "lyrical aspect" between the guitars, drums, and bass.

They transferred this multi-headed energy into their 2015 Independent EP, Show Me Your

Seven Secrets. At the same time, this distinct alchemy enchanted ever-growing audiences live.

By the time, they entered the studio for Human Ceremony, Sunflower Bean had a lively aural

cauldron from which to draw.

They took the summer of 2015 off and retreated to Jacob's basement to write together. Taking

the ideas out of the basement, they hit a Brooklyn studio with producer Matt Molnar [Friends]

and tracked eleven tunes in just seven days. Whereas the EP was recorded after Sunflower

Bean played 100 shows in one year, Human Ceremony showed the band's studio side with

richer soundscapes, overdubs, and music that had yet to be debuted live.

On the lead track "Easier Said," Julia's delicate vocals glide over a lilting clean guitar that spirals off into a vibrant hum.

Sunflower Bean's spell is cast on Human Ceremony.

"When you're in a band, you always dream about the first record," Julia concludes. "It's that

moment where you explore everything that's been inspiring you."