After paying their dues opening up for bands in various DIY spaces, Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean, have released a debut album.
The band’s sound has been described as psych-pop, new wave, lo-fi and indie pop, but whatever you do, don’t label them as a shoegaze band. In fact, the band was formed by common dissatisfaction of the NYC scene or what they call, “A lot of shoegaze, post-rock and weirdo noise bands who took everything so seriously.”
Thus, Human Ceremony was born.
It’s a shimmering pop record that’s destined to be a classic. It’s also a plus that the album cover seems to me an homage to Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home. It’s fun album and you can almost hear the excitement of discovery in the songs.
I’ve heard their breakout song “Easier Said” on Sirius XMU (shoutout to Jenny Eliscu) about a hundred times. And each time I am just as excited. It’s a glimmering, youthful track. The band describes the song as: “a song about a couple of things – us and the people around us getting older, and the repetitions and circles that we find ourselves in. Things that are easier to feel and harder to describe.”
The closing track “Space Exploration Disaster” instantly makes me think of 70s, Velvet Underground-esque rock. Basically something you’d find in a Warhol film, or playing at The Factory.