Michael and the band are profoundly honored to have their double-album, DEUX ANGES, included in the great Irene Trudel's Best of 2020 show today on WFMU. Longtime listeners, Irene Trudel is an absolute hero of ours and we are deeply grateful for her kind words and advocacy. Listen to the entire show here. Incredible company, peerless host. We're grateful.
The band was already beside themselves with the kind words and news that Deux Anges had made the legendary Max Reinhardt (longtime host of BBC Radio 3's Late Junction and Soho Radio's Late Lunch Show)'s "Best Releases of 2020" - indeed, closing that show on Dec 4 with "Infinity Hall" from disc one of the new double album.
Then, Christmas Day, Mr R returned to the album, featuring "Snowfall" from disc two and adding these words:
"I just have to say, the more you listen to the album, the double-album, the better it gets! And it's all so different! That one ("Snowfall") is, uh, somehow or other, somewhere between Sonic Youth and "The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus" ! But, anyway, very fine!”
Wow, just, wow. And thank you! Listen to the broadcast in its entirety at the hyperlink ("Christmas Day") above.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
So very grateful for such a great week of radio devoted to the band over this Christmas holiday. Some highlights:
Monday Dec 21, Winter Solstice - "Led By The Star" from Til Morning is Nigh featured on the great Irene Trudel's show on WFMU.
Wednesday Dec 23 - Michael & Sylvia give an hour long live interview to Canada's Limbocast.
Thursday Dec 24, Christmas Eve - Til Morning is broadcast in its sequence and entirety on both Germany's TSFC and the UK's SLE Radio.
Friday Dec 25, Christmas Day - "Snowfall" from Deux Anges is featured on the legendary Max's Reinhardt's show on Soho Radio, already hailed among his picks for Best Releases of year, Mr Reinhardt adds of the double-album that "the more you listen to it, the better it gets". Christmas Night - "Led By The Star" closes Julie Dark's third set on WFMU.
Saturday Dec 26 - Jeffrey Davison closes his wonderful show on WFMU, Shrunken Planet, with "Five Eight Eighteen" from Deux Anges, adding that the album is the band's "most beautiful release so far."
Sunday Dec 27 - For the 8th week in a row, KFJC's Dangerous Dan features a track from Deux Anges in the first hour of his show - "Starry Messenger".
Thanks to everyone on both sides of the country and both sides of the Atlantic! Happy Holidays!
The band is excited and grateful for the glowing reception that has met their new album, their 9th, the double-album, Deux Anges, in the first month of its release!
Radio play has spanned favorite stations across both the continent (US/Canada) and Thee Continent (UK/EU) - from NorCal's celebrated KFJC, the band's beloved hometown WFMU, Canada's Limbocast, German's TSFC, The Netherlands' DeMist on Radio Hoogeveen and both London's Resonance-FM and Soho Radio.
Two dozen shows across oceans and bandwidths have featured tracks from both discs of the double-album, including the UK's SLE, who played Deux Anges in its entirety and sequence over 2 1/2 hours on the night of its release. We're profoundly grateful and intend to link to several of these absolutely essential programs whenever archives are available. So stay tuned.
Meanwhile and finally, a word about news that simply stopped us in our tracks.
The great Max Reinhardt - the legendary and longtime host of BBC Radio 3's Late Junction - featured, indeed closed, his December 4 Late Lunch show on Soho Radio, his BEST OF 2020 episode, with "Infinity Hall" from Deux Anges. Closing the three hour broadcast, he introduced us with these words:
"And... Bipolar Explorer. Well... there is hauntology at work. Hauntology right in the center of their work."
Fans of Mr Reinhardt's work since our earliest visits to Britain twenty freaking years ago, this is heady stuff indeed for the trio. Thank you, Max. Thank every one of you.
Much more news soon. And... Happy Holidays!
The band's 9th album, Deux Anges, is released today, November 13th - Summer's birthday!
On the eve of its release, Michael gave an hour long interview to Joe Wilkie, broadcast live on the UK's SLE Radio. Then, at midnight the new album went live itself at Slugg Records, on Bandcamp, iTunes/Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon and elsewhere for purchase and streaming. (note: the album is not available on Spotify, the band has left that service).
Capping off release day, the band will end the day where they began - back on the UK's SLE, who will broadcast the double-album, 30 tracks over two discs and 2 1/2 hours, in its entirety and sequence.
Tune in online and grab your copy of the new album from this very site or via any of the fine folks aforementioned.
The band is truly grateful for a wonderful week of radio play in advance of the release of their new album, their 9th, DEUX ANGES on November 13!
The week opened with the great KFJC 89.7 FM 's Kimbrosia playing the opening track of disc one, "Santa Barbara"; found WFMU's terrific Mary Wing debuting "Words & Wonders" from disc two on her show; The Netherland's Radio Hoogeveen spinning "Infinity Hall" on their post-rock show, De Mist and wrapped up early yesterday morning back on WFMU as the great Jeffrey Davison closed his first set with "Hope Whispers", also from disc one.
Holy cow, thanks everyone!
The band are very excited about the imminent release of their new album, their 9th, Deux Anges, on November 13th. As advance copies have made their way into the hands of radio and music journalist folks, kind words have been spilling in. A few below:
“Mysterious. Otherworldly. An emotional musical journey."
-Carson Street, KFJC (California)
"Thick dark atmospherics. Glistening guitars. Deep-under-water vocals."
-Dave Mandl (WFMU, The Wire Magazine, et al.)
“The announcement of a new Bipolar Explorer album is always, to us, a surprise as formidable as it is pleasant. Indeed, this project, which we’ve been loving for several years now, has never tried to do the same work twice, slow rock movements on which Summer, Sylvia and Michael lay their spontaneous inspirations. Drawing ideas from the realm of dreams, as well as the deeper, more refined confrontation with reality, through a softness full of wisdom and contemplation, Bipolar Explorer is a call for renaissance, a refusal of passivity, without any futile anger. An introduction to the inner and spiritual dream, the first excerpt, ”Santa Barbara”, with its hypersensitive contours, goes beyond our hopes and dreams, while found sounds from an indescribable place and the musicians’, pure and unique, meet. DEUX ANGES is released on November 13th.”
-Raphael Duprez, Punktum (France)
The band is completely overwhelmed by Carson Street's thoughtful, sweeping, epic three-hour tribute yesterday on KFJC.
Track list below.
Thank you, Carson, and everyone at California's great KFJC 89.7fm!
The Bipolar Explorer Special on KFJC's "Eclectic Avenue" hosted by Carson Street
1- Letter To The Darkest Star
4- Sometimes in Dreams
5- Any Day
6- So Anyway
7- Building The Shrine
8- Forever After Montage
11- Along Those Lines
14- Sunset Crush
17- Sunday 2:37am
19- It’s Christmas, Sweetheart
20- The First Noel
21- In The Bleak Midwinter
22- Silent Night
24- Back To You
25- The Night
26- Dark Lullaby
28- Spring Storm
29- Infinity Hall
30- Starry Messenger
31- San Simeon
32- A Place
California's great KFJC 89.7 FM will broadcast a three hour special about the band on Saturday September 19th, noon to 3pm Pacific Time, the station's legendary Carson Street, hosting.
The first two hours will look back over our first eight albums before turning in the third hour to premiere tracks from our upcoming 9th album, Deux Anges.
More news, soon...
Okay... so a dear NorCal friend excitedly called us over the weekend to say we were on the great KFJC 89.7 FM .
It turned out to be a rebroadcast but we reached out to the DJ and he let us know that the station had fully embraced our album TIL MORNING, playing tracks nearly 50 times, encompassing almost the entire album, contemporaneous with its release from January-March 2019.
Holy cow! How did we miss this?! And HUGE thanks to KFJC! We've got another one - another double-album - DEUX ANGES, coming.
Seriously, guys - we're bowled over. Thank you!