Again choosing New Year’s Day, the band released this, their 7th album, on January 1, 2018. A double-album, conceived as a gapless one, songs and underscored spoken word blending seamlessly over two discs and as many hours. Originally conceived for performance in collaboration with a visual artist, the band set out instead to create an experience for the listener akin to that of a distant late night radio broadcast finding us as we lay half-asleep in bed. Featuring narrative poetry, composed and underscored by Serafin-Wells, and revisiting the songs of Of Love and Loss in longform, the double-album reached the #19 spot of WFMU’s album charts in May 2018 and entered the top 200 of the North America College and Community Radio (NACC) listings. Celebrated by France’s Indiemusic as “Unforgettable and essential. This is a major record”, upon its release, by December it had been hailed as one of year’s best albums by Les Oreilles Curieuses for its “celestial and spell-bounding compositions, astounding us with beauty. Brilliant, luminous and cathartic. Puts shoegaze back into a state of grace.”
Disc One: From the First
Disc Two: Unto the Forever
Summer Serafin – vocals, spoken word
Michael Serafin-Wells – vocals, guitars, bass, tape loops, percussion, spoken word
Additional spoken word/narrator – Kim Donovan
All songs by Michael Serafin-Wells.
©2018 Thirteen November Music (ASCAP)
Recorded live, noisily and in a hurry at The Shrine – NYC.
Produced by Bipolar Explorer.
Mastered by Scott Craggs, Old Colony – Boston.
c/p 2018 Bipolar Explorer, Slugg Records and Thirteen November Music (ASCAP)