When it came to following up their critically acclaimed second album Twentytwo In Blue, New York trio Sunflower Bean--comprised of vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/they)--went back to basics. After the global pandemic curtailed their seemingly insatiable appetite for gigging the threesome turned a negative into a positive and decided to record their third album, Headful of Sugar, predominantly at their home studio. Getting back to basics when viewed through the lens of a political ideology is usually a byword for fiscal austerity, cutbacks, and for "making do.
With cinematic soundscapes of art-rock in tow, Headful of Sugar is a heavenly ride that actively embraces a full spectrum of feeling; from self-destructive tendencies to the saccharine thrills of youth. Stripping back the layered production seen on their sophomore Twentytwo in Blue, they lean into a DIY sound with an unpolished nature that lends the record a warming authenticity. "In Flight", penned and sung by guitarist and backing vocalist Nick Kivlen, traces a relatable entrapment within his hometown, paired with a melody at odds with its lyrics; coasting through the highs and lows, carefree and unperturbed.
The celebrated New York indie rock band Sunflower Bean returns with their third album 'Headful Of Sugar', an explosive and triumphant head-rush of disillusionment with the modern world. The sonically mellow band issues a lyrically-charged scream against the lived experiences of late capitalism. From satirising corporate greed on 'Roll The Dice', to a disdainful takedown of 24-hour, purposefully inflammatory news cycles on 'Baby Don't Cry', the album is subtly furious against a backdrop of impressive, melodic engineering.