11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Quite possibly the photo negative of the New York Trio's difficult second album, Twentytwo in Blue features Sunflower Bean opening up and luxuriating in their prodigious talent. Key to its success is the positioning of Julia Cumming. She’s front and center here, taking the vast majority of lead vocals and dusting the band’s imaginative dream-rock with an unmissable star quality. She’s light and mesmeric on the album’s poppier moments (“I Was a Fool,” “Twentytwo”) and an impassioned presence when the trio dart confidently towards punky, political edges (“Crisis Fest,” “Puppet Strings”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Quite possibly the photo negative of the New York Trio's difficult second album, Twentytwo in Blue features Sunflower Bean opening up and luxuriating in their prodigious talent. Key to its success is the positioning of Julia Cumming. She’s front and center here, taking the vast majority of lead vocals and dusting the band’s imaginative dream-rock with an unmissable star quality. She’s light and mesmeric on the album’s poppier moments (“I Was a Fool,” “Twentytwo”) and an impassioned presence when the trio dart confidently towards punky, political edges (“Crisis Fest,” “Puppet Strings”).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
Spelling ibu

22 in Blue

Show you can still feature decent music without all the explicit lyrics!

ZehnerNaryn

Great band!

This is the second album from a very young, very special band. A few years ago, Sunflower Bean was the hardest working band in New York while they were still too young to play in bars. Judging by the early release "Crisis Fest", they've polished the sound from the early days -- and added more insightful lyrics. Buy it!

Lord of Awesome

Sounds well produced

great music for insomniacs to find a way to get some sleep. The old lady who lives next to me really thought this music was wonderful as it reminded her of the 1970 AM smooth sounds she used to listen to.

About Sunflower Bean

Marked by two vocalists who often take turns within a song, Sunflower Bean is an indie pop trio out of Brooklyn. Formed in August 2013 with singer/guitarist Nick Kivlen, singer/bassist Julia Cumming, and drummer Jacob Faber -- all teenagers at the time -- they quickly earned attention for their alternately rock-edged and dreamy guitar tunes, and were invited to open on tours for the likes of DIIV and the Vaccines beginning shortly after their first EP, Show Me Your Seven Secrets, arrived in October 2015. Produced by Matthew Molnar, formerly of indie pop group Friends, Sunflower Bean's debut LP, Human Ceremony, was issued by Fat Possum in early 2016. By December the same year, they had begun work on their follow-up. Whereas their debut featured tracks they had been writing since the band's formation, the material on their sophomore record was written over a 12-month period. The resulting album, Twentytwo in Blue, saw release in early 2018. ~ Marcy Donelson

ORIGIN
Brooklyn, NY
FORMED
August, 2013

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