Review by Clara Zicaro

Sunflower Bean
Twentytwo in Blue
Mom + Pop Music

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Meet the 22-Year-Old Brooklyn Rockers of Sunflower Bean. With lead singer Julia Cumming, guitarist Nick Kivlen, and drummer Jacob Faber, this alternative rock band released their much clearer second album “Twentytwo in Blue” exposing a new identity of twenty-two year olds from their younger 2013 selves. These young millennials chose their band name out of their two favorite things: sunflower seeds and coffee beans.

Derived from some albums of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix or The Doors, their music is psychedelic rock. Newly inspired by the current political turmoil under Trump’s presidency, songs in their album, specifically “Burn it” and “Human for,” expresses honest emotions of life as they have evolved into twenty-two year olds dealing with rising challenges of growing up. This hypnotic and repetitive rhythm communicates a pleasant, yet rebellious attitude. The melodic sound, much more defined than before, has eighties rock vibes connected with deep lyrics supported by strong emotions. Critically acclaimed by many as their “most complete” song, “Twentytwo”, incorporates elements of Dylan Thomas’ poetry backed by Julia Cumming’s solid songwriting. They also pay homage to their roots in “I Was a Fool” and “Memoria” as they refer back to “Human Ceremony” on their first album.

The Sunflower seeds have sprouted, and they are shining brighter than ever. Look for Sunflower Bean to enjoy an extended life.