"Epic and affecting" - Surface Noise
"Great, beautiful drifty-pop filled with sadness and wonder" - WFMU
"Magical, majestic, unforgettable, essential" - Indiemusic (France)
"Significant, stirring and addictive" - Ground Control
"Celestial and spell-bounding compositions alternating between spoken word and emotional flights of lyricism, astounding us with beauty. Brilliant, luminous and cathartic. Puts shoegaze back into a state of grace"- Les Oreilles Curieuses (France)
Their eighth album, Til Morning Is Nigh (2018), described as “mesmerizing” by London’s Sound Projector; their seventh album, Sometimes in Dreams (2018) hailed as "Brilliant, luminous, cathartic - astounding us with beauty" by Les Oreilles Curieuses; their sixth album, Dream Together (2017), praised by France’s Indiemusic as “magical and majestic - an ultimate tour-de-force”; their double-album, Of Love and Loss (2012) - "The most significantly stirring and addictive musical accomplishment we've come across in some time.” - and its follow-up, Angels (2015) - “Electrifying, what music fueled by raw love and emotions sounds like” - each a Critics Pick for Best Albums of the Year by Ground Control Magazine, Bipolar Explorer are an NYC-based dreampop, post-rock trio featuring co-founders Summer Serafin (vocals) and Michael Serafin-Wells (lead guitar & vocals, bass, synth, organ, melodica, tape loops and percussion) and Sylvia Solanas (spoken word), notable for intimate, electric live performances, unimpeachable songwriting, uncompromising DIY ethos and their playing without drums.
Featured on the legendary Irene Trudel's show on WFMU ("America's best radio station" - Rolling Stone) who calls their sound "beautiful, great drifty pop, filled with sadness and wonder”, 2018 marked something a breakthrough for the group with the release of two full length albums, ending the year with their 8th, Til Morning Is Nigh in November, having begun it on New Year’s Day with their 7th - the double-album, Sometimes in Dreams - "Unforgettable and essential. This is a major record" (Indiemusic -France). By May, Sometimes had reached the #19 chart position of WFMU’s album charts and entered the top 200 of the North America College and Community Radio (NACC) listings.
As work began, in 2019, on an new album, the band made its London radio debut, featured over consecutive weeks on Resonance FM; their Dutch radio debut on Radio Hoogeveen’s post-rock show, De Mist; their German radio debut on indie flagship station TFSC; and ended the year with a special broadcast of Til Morning in its sequence and entirety on Canada’s Limbocast podcast on the night of the Winter Solstice. 2019 also marked the band’s first year as part of the UK’s Dark Outside experimental music event, as Michael composed and the band recorded a new work specifically for the festival, broadcast on June 20, 2019 on London's 87.7fm and later released as their fifth single, The Dark Outside, The Light Within.
2019 also marked the release of an new documentary about the band - The Making of “Til Morning Is Nigh” - directed and shot by Sylvia Solanas. Comprised of an six-part interview with Michael, filmed on location in iconic settings around New York City, and including five videos from the album, the film was rolled out episodically over six consecutive weeks on the band’s YouTube channel and can now be seen in its entirety both there and on the Slugg Records website.
As 2020 got underway, the band decamped to The Shrine, their Hell’s Kitchen NYC studio, to record basic tracks for their ninth album, taking time to also compose and record an new work for this year’s Dark Outside. The special UK-based broadcast event was held over 28+ continuous hours beginning noon GMT April 4, 2020. All works never before heard or released, the special broadcast was this year heard online but without archive or track list. The band’s new work - eleven:eleven - had its exclusive broadcast premiere at approximately 22:38 GMT. A wider, limited digital release of the new single, exclusively on Bandcamp and the Slugg Records sites followed on week later on Good Friday - April 10, 2020. Canadian podcasters Limbocast devoted the hour to an extensive interview with Michael the very next afternoon. (It can be heard in its entirety here: https://castbox.fm/episode/An-Afternoon-with-Michael-from-Bipolar- Explorer-id2670296-id250135433?country=us)
As aforementioned, the band are currently at work on their ninth album, Deux Anges, expected release later this year on Slugg Records.
One further word about genre - the signature interweaving of spoken word into the band’s work has been described by the UK’s Norman Records as “a cross between Slowdive and Laurie Anderson - a late night radio transmission drifting to us, half asleep in bed” - and the group’s sonic transformation...
Forging an unique sound - described variously as shoegaze, dreampop, slowcore, post-rock and minimalist indie - well serves the new songs Serafin-Wells began writing in the aftermath of the tragic loss of the group's female vocalist, Michael's love and partner, Summer Serafin, who passed away after a tragic accident in 2011. She was just 31. At work at the time on a new record, the group eventually returned to those recordings, adding them to a handful of newly written songs post-tragedy and re-conceiving the album as both a testament and tribute to Ms. Serafin – muse, collaborator and True Love - yielding a double-album, Of Love and Loss, released to great acclaim in October 2012.
As Michael told Indiemusic’s Raphael Duprez in a feature about the band (February 2017): “All of this is entirely for her. I often say that our music, each album, is of, for and about her. It’s my way of telling people about her and talking to her myself. That’s the “for’ and “about” parts of the equation. And Summer remains an integral part of the band - not only as its inspiration but, because I have lots of her isolated vocals from other recording sessions - as her voice, both spoken and singing, graces each record. I’ll write songs and fly in her voice. Summer isn’t the main reason BPX goes on, she’s the only reason. She is the reason. And I think I can trust that I’m doing things for the right reason if I always know the reason for it is her. Not out of any ambition other than to honor and conjure her. She’s my conscience."
Bipolar Explorer's releases include Deux Anges (2020) Til Morning Is Nigh (2018), Sometimes in Dreams (2018), Dream Together (2017), Electric Hymnal (2016), Angels (2015), their holiday album - BPXmas (2014), Of Love and Loss (2012), the digital-only singles eleven:eleven (2020), The Dark Outside, The Light Within (2019), Better Girl (2018), Watchers and Holy Ones (2017), We’ll All Go Together (2016) and Downtown Train (2015) and their earlier (pre-Summer) debut Go Negative. All titles are available on Slugg Records.