Last night on Huw Stephens’ show on Radio 1, one of the brightest and best new bands, Sunflower Bean, revealed their exquisite Maida Vale session previewing tracks from their upcoming debut album, ‘Human Ceremony’.
Their first UK appearance was at the Great Escape in May 2015 and they were immediately noticed as a band that had the potential to be massive. Their sound has influences of psychedelic bands such as Tame Impala and 80s pop elements such as The Cure and The Smiths – not to mention a huge influence from fellow New York legends, The Velvet Underground. All this put together in their sound has created a swirling horizon of dreamy psych rock that takes you onto an infinite journey.
Sunflower Bean’s first EP, ‘Show Me Your Seven Secrets’, was an incredible first effort that blended searing riffs with drifting into an incredible other-world of their own command. Their next 7″ single, ‘I Hear Voices’, was an obvious example of their heavy live sound that they have been constantly gigging to create.
The debut album ‘Human Ceremony’ was recorded last summer as is a conscious effort to do something less heavy and more stripped back compared to their previous works. On the Maida Vale session, they played heavier ‘Wall Watcher’, the dreamy ‘Easier Said’ and an exclusive preview of title track ‘Human Ceremony’, a lyrical mist of sounds that gives a lot of clues as to what the album is going to be like as a whole.
2016 is going to be a rollercoaster for Sunflower Bean – they have a UK tour in February and hopefully UK festival dates will also be revealed.
Everybody had better prepare themselves for what’s in store from this New York powerhouse – my bet is that we can expect great, great things.