Sunflower Bean’s new album screams eclectic, mixing together sounds that are reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, Blondie and Haim to perfectly encapsulate the genre of “angry girl music of the indie rock persuasion”- and yes, that is a quote from 10 Things I Hate About You.
If an album’s first song determines the tone of the album, then ‘Burn It’ works to make this album simultaneously anger-fuelled and yet, in a way, strangely happy. Like Paramore’s ‘After Laughter’, dark lyrics combined with upbeat instrumentals keeps this song interesting, and ultimately stops it from entering Spotify’s ‘Sad Songs’ playlist anytime soon. ‘Human For’ and ‘Crisis Fest’ are also good examples of this, and are songs which make me hope that Julia Cumming will always have something to be angry about- so we never stop hearing this angst-fuelled voice which just sounds so right. The inspiration for ‘Crisis Fest’ is allegedly Donald Trump’s administration, which sounds about right, since nothing shows that “reality’s one big sick show” quite like Donald Trump.
However, if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed, this album caters for that too. The opening of ‘I Was A Fool’ is essentially identical to the opening for Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’, and if that isn’t reason enough to listen, I’m not quite sure what is. ‘Memoria’ and ‘Twentytwo’ are also worth mentioning, veering more into the soft rock genre and offering something closer to a life lesson than a social criticism: “the past is the past for a reason”.
This album is refreshing, offering songs “of the indie rock persuasion” but certainly not creating songs we’ve already heard before- minus the intro of ‘I Was A Fool’, anyway. If nothing else, the 22-year-old band members are enough to prove that not all millennials are sitting around on their iPhones, in Starbucks, criticising Friends.
Sunflower Bean are currently touring the UK, with upcoming dates at the beginning of April. Also, check out their album in full on Spotify here.