Bipolar Explorer

 
 

Music

Sometimes in Dreams

by Bipolar Explorer

Released 01/01/2018
Slugg Records
Released 01/01/2018
Slugg Records
NYC shoegaze trio follow up their acclaimed 6th album, DREAM TOGETHER - “magical & majestic, an ultimate-tour-de-force” (Indiemusic - France) - with this groundbreaking new double-album. "Beautiful, great drifty pop filled with sadness & wonder" (WFMU).
  • 02:55 Lyrics
    You Are Loved (Summer's Theme)

    Don’t feel lonely
    I’m right here.
    Don’t cry
    Nothing is wasted.
    Pack the good memories And leave the rest. Travel light
    It suits you.
    You are not damaged
    I can tell
    By the way you love me. We’re all of us
    Covered in scars

    And it doesn’t stop us from living.
    There’s nothing wrong with you.
    Like everyone,
    You need to be loved.
    And you are...

    Disconsolate, alone, he returned to the small apartment that had been their home. Gently, reverently, he caressed her things - snapshots, one of her famous hot water bottles, the one with Marilyn Monroe on the front, her clothing, letters. He caressed them like relics, like treasure, and quietly slumped to the floor, still clutching a favorite blouse of hers, that he too loved. Hugging her things close, in his grief, he hoped somehow to wring her presence into being.

  • 05:34 Lyrics
    Letter To The Darkest Star

    Love you like no other 

    Come for me
    
Never be another
    
Come for me
    
Took you, took your brother
    
Come for me 

    No reason
    I can discover
    
Come for me
    
Only lonely
    
Come for me
    
Everything that you told me
    
Come for me
    
From nothin' but dirt
    
Come for me
    
Do nothin' but hurt
    
Come for me
    
And I can feel you
    
But I don't know where you are
    
Won't you take me
    
However distant or far?
    
Come to me in secret dreams
    
From the darkest star
    
Won't you take me where you are?

  • 01:46 Lyrics
    From The First

    Lifting his head slightly, he held a postcard from her in his hands, reading it silently. She watched him. She always did. She always would. Far closer than he could dream to know but separated by an invisible barrier, like one-way glass, that only she could see. She spoke to him now, the very words he read. And he thought he dreamt he could see, could even touch her.

    “You’ve always intrigued me”, she said, speaking what was written on the postcard from memory, “from the first moment I set my eyes on you. I wrote that sentence,” she continued, “several… no… many many days ago when I thought I could sum up how I feel about you on a postcard. You are unlike anyone I have ever known”.

    With wonderment and tears streaming down his face, he went to her, touching her gently, gratefully. If he was dreaming, he thought, he mustn’t break the precious spell. She leapt into his arms and his heart was whole again. They kissed and then, speaking the rest of the card, she grabbed a boombox from the shelf… this one.

    “Let’s rock this show one last time,” she said, “for us!”.

  • 03:50
    Flag Day (Summer Dream version)
  • 02:09 Lyrics
    Building The Shrine

    Waking, he rose, full of purpose. The walls, he thought. Why is any of this here? “I want you around me”, he said. And he began to hang photos of her in every space, wherever his eye might fall, he would see her, always. And candles. A shrine. Sanctuary.

  • 07:42 Lyrics
    Ocean

    Swallow your tears and make them mine 

    Tide's gone out and my mind's made up 

    Swallow your tears and make them mine
    
Swallow your tears and I'll turn back time 

    Tide's gone out and my mind's made up 

    Until That Day 
Meet you under the waves- 

    Walk all the way to heaven 

    Until That Day!
    
Until That day!

  • 01:36 Lyrics
    Torn
    He couldn’t be sure which was worse - waking to another day, each morning torn from dreams, torn from her, or the long nights when sleep could not find him. Sometimes, he rode the train for hours, listening to the songs that were theirs. She would watch him, full of care and protection and not a little worried until he was safely home and under the covers. And she would watch him there, too. She would watch him in his sleep…
     
    8.
     
  • 06:51 Lyrics
    So Anyway

    Bury me underground 

    Where I can't hear a sound
    
I'll just slip away
    
Like every yesterday
    
If I could take your place
    
The end you had to make
    
I'd gladly make it mine
    
Bring you back to find
    
All on our own
    
Only alone
    
For anybody else
    
And even for yourself
    
There's no one here to see
    
Still means the world to me
    
All on our own
    
Only alone
    
Send your dark clouds for me
    
What mighta coulda been
    
Can now never be
    
No need to defend
    
We all are in the end
    
Send your dark clouds unto me
    
I guess you probably know
    
Would even tell me so 

    There isn't any doubt
    
I'm never finding out
    
All on our own
    
Only alone
    
Send your dark clouds for me
    
What mighta coulda been
    
Can now never be
    
No need to defend
    
We all are in the end 

    Send your dark clouds unto me
    
So anyway I guess
    
It's only for the best
    
We'll have to leave it there
    
Still clawing at the air
    
All on our own
    
Only alone

  • 01:54 Lyrics
    Phantom Limb

    She would often visit, she would often come to him like this. Still in something like sleep, his eyes would open and he would see her. His angel was with him. They would pass a notebook back and forth, writing things. Later, upon waking he would try to remember it all. Get it down. She still had so much to show him. And in these times he could feel his old life, the beautiful one they had shared, vividly. Like a phantom limb. They would look out at a window together and see. She would grow, charmingly, guilelessly, drowsy. And he would carry her, his treasure, to their bed and fall asleep with her in his arms, her little feet curled around his ankles. Just like always. Just like always…

  • 05:33 Lyrics
    Out

    Don't call me out... 

    And when you go
    
'Cause you're not mine 

    I'm just one more 
thing to get behind you
    
So never mind 
forever more, anyway
    
Don't call me out
    
And every time you stray
    
It gets so hard to find a way 
I can't find you
    
From where I stand
    
Your words aren't clear
    
And I can see your life from here
    
But never mind forever more, anyway 

    Don't call me out
    
Don't call me out just yet

  • 01:45 Lyrics
    Regret and the Horrible Distance

    He found such comfort in dreams, but darker things followed him, there, as well. How could he ever have wasted a moment in disagreement or even anger when those moments were so terribly numbered? Regret followed and ate at what remained of him. He sometimes woke like this. Feeling they’d had some horrible argument and thinking he just needed to get her on the phone. If they could just talk he could make it better. In the dream, he awoke to her ringtone - crickets - but couldn’t get to the phone in time to answer. He’d call and call to no avail, watching day turn to night. Feeling the crush of regret and the horrible distance between them.

  • 04:47 Lyrics
    Never
    Although you'll never know and it's much too late now 

    Even if it's no one's fault how it always breaks down 

    Even if there's only so much more that we can even take now 

    Even so, there's one more thing I just gotta say now 

    I didn't wanna 

    I never wanted to
    
Fall in love with you
    
Thought it was something there just for me and you now 

    So hard to see you share it with somebody new now 

    But maybe it's all you know, it's just what you do now
    
I didn't wanna
    
I never wanted to
    
Fall in love with you
    
Can't believe the best thing
    
That I ever had 

    Could make me feel so bad
    
I thought we'd have more time
    
I really thought we'd have our whole lives
    
I'll have to push that aside 

    Pack up my heart, choke down my pride
    
'Cause that's him on the other line
    
That's his car just pulled up outside
    
I didn't wanna 
I never wanted to
    
Fall in love with you
    
Oh, my love…
    (I'm sorry, so sorry)
       
  • 02:47 Lyrics
    Our Oneness Can Never Be Erased

    Someone told him, early on, that he should talk to her, imagining she could hear. At first it seemed a bit crazy but it grew on him and he grew to need it. What he needed now and so often did was to ask her forgiveness. “I’m so sorry, little sweetheart”, he’d say, his eyes welling with tears. What even he couldn’t imagine was how much she did hear. In the dream, he fell to his knees before her, but she lifted him up. The night sky opened above them. She crawled into his lap as they looked at the stars. And she whispered something in his ear. She also wrote it on his arm. “Our Oneness,” she told him, looking intently into his eyes, speaking with urgency and conviction, “Our Oneness Can Never Be Erased”.

  • 07:35 Lyrics
    Necessary Weight

    Maybe a thing or two
    
More left to say to you
    
On the way to the Love that's True
    
But you're always so far away
    
Misstep right off the mark
    
Words better said in the dark
    
Still stuck in my throat and heart
    
Always so far away
    
Your turn
    
Think it over sometime
    
Let it burn 

    'Way it always does mine
    
Lay me down on the dash of your car
    
And dream of the place
    I dreamt you are
    
Between an ice grey moon and the morning star
    
Always so far away 

    Walls begin to crumble
    
And the ground just falls away
    
No matter what they told you
    
No matter what they say
    
Walls begin to crumble
    
And the earth just falls away
    
By any measurement or standard
    
It's just a necessary weight
    
Lay me down on the dash of your car
    
And dream of the place
    I dreamt you are
    
Between a steel grey moon and the morning star
    
Always so far away
    
You're always so far away
    
Always so far away
    
So far away
    
Far away...

  • 05:56 Lyrics
    And At That Hour, Above (Perigee-Syzygy)

    And at that hour, above, as he stood weeping, he saw the clouds part upon high. The moon, full and miraculous, closer in its orbit than any lifetime, big as a planet. It passed, parting, but not without a promise.

    "Nearer now," he heard her whisper. "Nearer now than you can imagine."

    He felt his heart gasp.

    “And always", she said, "Unto The Forever."
    "Unto The Forever", he repeated between sobs.

    And once more in tandem, together they spoke.

    "Unto the forever. Unto The Forever", they vowed.

  • 01:51 Lyrics
    Sometimes In Dreams

    Sometimes, stirring but not wanting to surrender the world of sleep where he could find her, he would reach for a notebook near the bed in darkness, and try to write down, without ever opening his eyes, what she whispered to him in dreams.

  • 04:58 Lyrics
    No Answer

    No answer 

    For the way you are
    
The way you are 
In my heart
    
All and all and only you
    
Nothing to do
    
Can't help but fall
    
Nothing more to choose
    
Happy to lose myself in you
    
Just fall
    
In my heart
    
In my heart

  • 01:30 Lyrics
    Thousand Thousand Summer

    For the way you are
    A thousand things to say
    In my heart
    A thousand thousand

  • 15:15
    The Choral Text Passage (Summerlove)
  • 01:58 Lyrics
    Circle of Protection

    Weary, his eyes burning, he lay down where he stood in the middle of the room. She circled him protectively, drawing the blinds, outing the lights and curling up at his side, whispering a song into his ear. "It's not about us", she said. "It was so dark for me once, too. Before I found you. Remember? We both said.”

  • 05:12 Lyrics
    Dead End Street

    You can talk yourself into anything 

    Believe it's true
    
But nothing you can say
    
Will ever make me believe again in you 

    All you did just to break it
    
All you do can't erase it
    
Dead End Street
    
Lost our way down a
    
Dead End Street
    
No return 

    You tell me where to turn
    
When anything that ya wanna 
Is everything that you're gonna
    
You tell me who gets burned
    
When everything that ya wanna 
Is anything that ya gonna 

    Dead End Street
    
We can never replace it…

  • 04:00 Lyrics
    Sometimes He Lost His Way

    Sometimes, often, he lost his way.

    For a time, there was drink, in which he found no real solace but led him to further despair and sometimes danger.

    “I’ll die all over again,” she tried to say to him, “if you just give up.”

    But in these moments, when he needed most to, he simply couldn’t hear her. Even so, she would never leave him. Her heart was too stout, her soul too intrepid, her love too courageous for that.

    As he wandered the streets in drunkenness and self-loathing she followed him, pulled at his hand as the headlights of a cab flashed by running a stop sign. As he waited for a subway train, standing perilously close to tracks, she stood guard, unseen and un-sensed, guiding him over the gap and into the deserted late-night car.

    Huddled against the wall, the tears coming again, he asked to be taken. But she spoke to him, softly and purposefully.

    “No,”, she said. “No, my love. Not yet.”

    He thought he heard her and so he answered, “But when? And how will I know it is my time?”

    She sat with him on the small seat he’d crumpled himself into. “You will know. I will tell you. I will come and collect you, sweetheart. But not just yet.”

    He had a far away look and she wasn’t sure she’d reached him. As he staggered out at the next stop and down the platform toward the exit to the street, she followed, concerned and vigilant, prodding him home until he fell safely, if sadly, into bed.

    His sleep was restless, tortured, but she remained…

  • 06:40 Lyrics
    Any Day

    My stupid hands 

    My foolish mouth
    
Let the one cover the other
    
Never let it out
    
I'll never know
    
It's so unfair
    
Dreamt you float alive above me 

    Catch you in mid-air 

    If only...
    
'Cause now you're gone… (hey, now)
    
Now you're gone
    
And I'm still alive
    
And any day is a good day to die
    (…/I) 
Don't sleep
    
Can't find my way
    
There's nothing left of me without you
    
All I need to say to you
    
But now you're gone … (hey, now)
    
Now you're gone
    
And I'm still alive
    
And any day is a good day to die
    
Close my eyes to find you
    
I'm right behind you
    
'Cause nothing so unkind could be true
    
Sleep is finally mine
    
And you...
    
But daylight shatters
    
Daylight shatters
    
Nothing matters
    
Any day's a good day to die...

  • 01:38 Lyrics
    As Dawn Broke (She Watched Over Him)

    As dawn broke she watched over him still, gently smoothing the worry lines out of his forehead. She rose and opened a small box from the shrine of her treasures he kept so faithfully. When she opened it- as I do now - the most beautifully sweet fragrance began to fill the room. Her fragrance – like cotton candy or the best birthday cake anyone ever made for you. And waking, he knew. He knew his angel was with him.

    Rising with hope and faith and purpose he listened, sensing but not seeing her. He spoke quietly - too quietly for us to hear. He spoke quietly to her, the spirit he could feel in the room. And although he was looking in the entirely wrong direction, she was there, listening attentively. He wrote feverishly in their notebook as she whispered in his ear. And he was looking in entirely the wrong direction but could clearly hear her.

  • 05:04 Lyrics
    Comin' Home
    Build their walls around 

    Just to keep you down
    
But they don't see you
    
They don't know
    
What they say - don't do it
    
Nothing more than a lie
    
And they choose it
    
They don't see you
    
They don't know
    
Tell me somethin'
    
Tell me all
    
Can't wait 
I'm comin' home
    
You're everything I think of
    
Everything I love
    
Lived a lonely life
    
And swore 
I was maybe alive before
    
But whatever that was I don't know
    
Built my life around you
    
Couldn't ever really live without you
    
Just you and me 
I know that you know 

    Tell me somethin'
    
Tell me all
    
Can't wait 
I'm comin' home 

    You're everything I think of
    
Everything I love
    
Comin' home
    
Tell me somethin', tell me all
    
Comin' home, Summer
    
I can't wait
    
I'm comin' home 

    You're everything
    I think of
    Everything I love...
     
    26.
     
  • 01:45 Lyrics
    Day Turns To Beautiful Night

    As day turned to beautiful night, shadows overtaking the sun and still so very certain of her presence, he lit his candles. Waiting and wordlessly calling to her from deep within his being, Calling to her - the other half of his soul.

  • 07:44 Lyrics
    Lost Life

    I still remember the day that we met
    
I'm still not anywhere over it yet
    
I remember the day that you died
    
I only wanna be with you on
    The Other Side 

    And somehow 

    Someday
    
Somewhere
    
Some way
    
It was a beautiful life that we had
    
And I miss you, now, baby
    
Oh, so bad.
    
The Light's gone out
    
And I ache like thunder
    
I still need you
    
And I just wonder if...
    
Somehow
    
Someday
    
Somewhere
    
Some way...
    
Ah!
    
Life's so lonely without you
    
But I bet
    
I haven't even seen the worst of it yet
    
All the love inside you
    
It saved me
    
And I know
    
That wherever you are now sweetheart 
Is where I must go 

    So, somehow 

    Someday 

    Somewhere
    
Some way
    
Ah!

    And you are!
    And you are!

    And you are!

    In this moment she appeared to him. In this waking hour he saw and could see. Overcome with emotion he understood at last. She beckoned and he returned to her joyfully, as she said, simply… now!

  • 06:25 Lyrics
    Forever After Montage

    Call the angels in for me
    Let it all come to be

    Because a lifetime is just not enough
    And the earth could never hold me
    Because I still need you so much
    So let the love that has so blessed us
    Finally take me to my rest
    And then…

    Call the angels in for me
    Let it all come
    Let it all come
    Let it all come to be

NOTES
ABOUT THIS ALBUM:

"Unforgettable and essential. This is a major record." -Indiemusic (France)


NYC shoegaze trio follow up their acclaimed sixth album, DREAM TOGETHER - “magical & majestic, an ultimate-tour-de-force” (Indiemusic - France) - with this groundbreaking new double-album. A gapless flow of dreampop and post-rock underscored narrative across two discs. “Beautiful, great drifty pop filled with sadness and wonder” (Irene Trudel, WFMU).


28 tracks in all, SOMETIMES IN DREAMS is conceived as a live arts installation …
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Dream Together

by Bipolar Explorer

Released 01/01/2017
Slugg Records
Released 01/01/2017
Slugg Records
NYC dreampop trio, Bipolar Explorer, follow up their critically-acclaimed albums "Of Love And Loss" and "Angels" (Best Albums of the Year, 2013 & 2015 - Ground Control Magazine) with this breathtaking new work. "Eclectic, steadfast, powerful" - PopMatters
  • 05:57 Lyrics
    Thirteen

    (instrumental)

  • 05:39 Lyrics
    Not Alone

    Wherever you are
    We’re just a heartbeat apart
    And I’m not alone
    With no arms to hold me
    Let your spirit enfold me

    I’m not alone

    Light my candles
    In all and holy trust
    Pray over the pieces
    But it’ll never be enough
    Nobody told me
    And the saints ain’t coming through
    Help me summon my faith
    The same way I believe in you

    And should Grace befall
    And I hear you call
    I’ll know
    Let all Grace befall
    For I hear you call
    It’s so

    Through the night with lights on
    And into the day
    Forever broken
    I’ll remain un-awoken
    Til I hear you say

    Wherever you are
    We’re just a heartbeat apart
    And I’m not alone
    With no arms to hold me
    Let your spirit enfold me

    I’m not alone

  • 06:17 Lyrics
    Dream 3

    When it’s all but over
    When there’s no one true
    When I fall and failing
    When I ache for you
    When it’s all too heavy
    When I feel so small
    When there’s only heaven

    The precious spell and time will tell
    The world the tale
    How I’m in love with you
    I do

    When the day betrays me
    I can only crawl
    When I’m far past caring
    For myself at all (anymore)
    When I’m so forsaken
    When the darkness falls
    When I pray just to be taken

    The precious spell and time will tell
    The world the tale
    How I’m in love

    In holy dreams
    You speak and come to me
    In a fountain mystic thick
    And coolly in your hair
    You beckon to
    Then kiss and hold me
    I beg to stay forever there

  • 06:24 Lyrics
    Radioside

    Radioside

    Ear to the mirror
    To hear ya calling
    Sheer veneer
    Shimmer and shine
    Words ascend, electric speed
    Cascade right back to me

    On the radioside

    You’re all ethereal
    Miracle material
    Words ascend, electric speed
    Cascade right back to me

    On the radioside

    You’re all ethereal
    Miracle material

  • 04:18 Lyrics
    View

    (instrumental)

  • 05:24 Lyrics
    Listen

    The more I listen for
    At silence’s door
    The life before
    So bruised and sore
    My spirit torn
    For evermore
    If I could only
    Fly
    Fly to you

    No matter where I turn
    With every breath I only yearn
    And ache and weep
    And beg and burn
    And pray each day
    For your return
    Fly
    Fly to you

    Rest now
    In the garden of ours
    And I’ll be along
    To reverse every wrong
    In just a little while
    I’ll meet you there
    Listen
    Through the tallest of trees
    And the warm Summer breeze
    In just a little while
    I’ll meet you there

  • 04:47 Lyrics
    Fireflies

    (instrumental)

  • 06:04 Lyrics
    Ever and Ever Forever

    Hey!
    Shine your light on
    Shine your light on
    Shine your light on me

    You’re a sight for sorest eyes
    The most heavenly surprise
    And I believe, yeah I do I believe,
    I believe ‘cause of you

    Hey!
    Shine your light on
    Shine your light on - shine your light on me

    A thousand times I prayed to die
    Just to let me find you somehow inside the sky
    But now I see
    Yeah, it’s true I can see
    I can see ‘cause it’s you

    Shine your light on me...

    And you never left my shattered heart
    You’re all and everything I ever wanted from the start
    And I believe, yeah I do I believe,
    I believe ‘cause it’s you

    And all the pain that came before
    All those fled no-weather friends
    It doesn’t matter anymore
    I believe!
    I believe and it’s true!
    I believe!
    And I’m here now with you!

    Shine your light on!
    Shine your light on!
    Shine your light on me

    Ever and ever forever and ever
    And I don’t mind
    Ever and ever forever and ever

    Shine your light on!
    Shine your light on!
    Shine your light on me!

    You’re a sight for sorest eyes
    The most heavenly surprise
    And I believe, yeah I do.
    I believe,
    I believe ‘cause it’s you

    Ever and ever forever and ever
    Shine your light on me

  • 02:56 Lyrics
    Along Those Lines

    (instrumental)

  • 05:06 Lyrics
    She Hears You Calling

    She hears you calling

    Early this morning
    As day broke to dawn
    As dreams gave way to waking
    I heard this psalm
    Your angel was there with a message she sent for you
    She’s heartsick and worried
    And only wishes you knew
    ‘Cause it’s so very true

    She hears you calling

    She knows how you're aching and lonely
    The pain you can hardly bear
    But lead with your heart and don’t break apart
    She’s preparing a place for you there

    She hears you calling

    And she remembers and loves you more
    Than merely mortal
    On earth
    You could ever know
    And she promises
    Just keep the faith
    In the blink of an eye
    Together you’ll go

    She hears you calling

  • 05:19 Lyrics
    Tail O'er Fin

    Well, it’s two if by sea
    One if by dry land
    And it may not be the way
    We had things planned
    But the riptide’s strong
    And I can’t see the shore
    I’m under for the third time
    And you’re the stuff
    Of mariner’s lore

    Don’t you know that I’m all the way in?
    Head over heels
    And tail right over fin

    Trailing your long red hair, you take me there
    Down twenty thousand leagues
    It's magic there
    And I don’t care
    That I can’t really breath
    As we swim by
    And seahorse ride
    Smile each aquatic friend
    Past Octopus Garden
    So happy, I’m starting
    To get the bends

    If it’s only just a dream
    Don’t wake me
    Don’t wanna know
    Take me wherever your spirit may lead me
    Into the deep blue
    And below

    Curled up with you on the seabed I’ll come to know
    Gratefully in your arms in our new home
    Life’s as before In this parallel universe
    All lost is found
    Thank god I drowned
    Ya know?
    It could be worse...

    Don’t you know that I’m all the way in?
    Head over heels and tail right over fin
    With you

  • 10:38 Lyrics
    To The Other Half Of The Sky

    I need you more than ever

    Tell me the story
    Of where we come from
    And then return
    So deep inside my heart
    Where you’ll remain and always burn
    The most beautiful spirit
    Ascension!
    The miracle made true
    Blessed, precious treasure
    Need you more than ever

    I need you more than ever

    God bless your soul

    I need you more than ever

NOTES
ABOUT THIS ALBUM: Their sixth album, NYC dreampop trio Bipolar Explorer follow up their critically acclaimed albums “Of Love and Loss” and “Angels” (Best Albums of the Year - Ground Control Magazine, 2013 and 2015, respectively) with this breathtaking new work.

Released on New Year’s Day 2017, DREAM TOGETHER found immediate praise from WFMU’s Liz Berg as “just a great album for winter” and USC filmmaker and author Alexandra Dennis-Renner writing on the day of its …
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Bipolar Explorer
03/18/2017
Traditional (arranged/new lyrics: Serafin-Wells)

Story

 

Following up their critically-acclaimed sixth album, DREAM TOGETHER - "magical and majestic - an ultimate tour-de-force" (Indiemusic - France) - New York dreampop trio release this special digital-only single to honor their fallen bandmate, Summer Serafin, on the anniversary of her tragic passing. With love forever.

 

A traditional Scottish tune, "Watchers and Holy Ones" is presented by the band in this new arrangement (with new lyrics) in their signature dreampop sound.

 

Summer Serafin: vocals.  Michael Serafin-Wells: vocals, guitars, bass. Jason Sutherland: guitar, backing vocals.

 

Recorded and mixed live, noisily and in a hurry at The Shrine - New York City. Produced by Bipolar Explorer. Mastered by Scott Craggs, The Colony - Boston.

 

 c/p 2017 Slugg Records, Thirteen November Music (ASCAP).

 

Lyrics

Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
Bright seraphs, cherubim and thrones,
Raise the glad strain, Alleluia!
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers,
Virtues, archangels, angels’ choirs:

Alleluia!

Oh higher than the cherubim,
God bless and keep our Summer Serafin,
Hear our prayers, Alleluia!
The love that shakes me to my very core,
Let every word magnify the Lord.

Alleluia!

Respond, ye souls in endless rest,
Ye patriarchs and prophets blest, Alleluia!
Ye holy twelve, ye martyrs strong,
All saints triumphant, raise the song.

Alleluia!

Oh friends, in gladness let us sing,
Supernal anthems echoing,
Alleluia!
Oh higher than the cherubim

Bipolar Explorer
03/18/2016
Traditonal arr: Michael Serafin-Wells

Story

Bipolar Explorer's dreampop arrangement of traditional Scottish folk song "We'll All Go Together" (Wild Mountain Thyme). c/p 2016 Slugg Records.

Recorded, mixed and produced on March 18th, 2016 in memory of the group's fallen bandmate, my love and partner, Summer Lindsay Serafin who passed away after a tragic accident on this day in 2011. With love forever.

Michael Serafin-Wells
New York City
March 18, 2016

Lyrics

O the summer time has come
And the trees are sweetly bloomin'
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the bloomin' heather
Will ye go lassie go?

(Chorus):
And we'll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the bloomin' heather
Will ye go lassie go?

I will build my love a bower
By yon cool crystal fountain
And round it I will pile
All the wild flowers o' the mountain
Will ye go lassie go?

(chorus)

I will range through the wilds
And the deep glen sea dreamy
And return wi' their spoils
To the bower o' my dearie
Will ye go lassie go?

(chorus)

If my true love cannot not come
I will never find another
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the bloomin' heather
Will ye go lassie go?

Will you go, Summer, go?
And we'll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the bloomin' heather
Will you go, Summer, go?
Sweetheart...

Angels

by Bipolar Explorer

Released 01/01/2015
Slugg Records
Released 01/01/2015
Slugg Records
New York's minimalist indie dream pop rockers follow up their acclaimed double-record "Of Love and Loss" (Slugg Records, 2012) with this electric and evocative new five-song album.
  • 07:22 Lyrics
    You Are

    And you're everywhere

    In everything

    You're all I know

    I wait for you

    In everyplace that I can go

    Hear you sing to me

    From some sweet somewhere

    Close my eyes to see

    All I wanna be is with you there

    And your name is love

    And your soul is true

    And everything you told me

    Is just what I'll do

    And everyday is faith

    That I'll find you where

    The earth meets the sky

    Where your soul and mine

    Meet the air

    Where you are

    And it's okay now

    Just to say now

    Any day now

    We'll find our way how

    To where you are

    Hallelu!

  • 07:27 Lyrics
    All

    And every word
    And everywhere
    And every thought
    And every prayer
    And every road
    And every thing
    Whatever hope
    Could ever bring

    Just so ya know…

    And every place
    And every trial
    And every face
    And every mile
    And everyone
    And every line
    With every sun
    The fault’s all mine

    Just so ya know…
    All and all…

    And everyday
    And every year
    And every breath
    And every tear
    And every step
    And every time
    And every dream
    I live behind

    Just so ya know…
    All and all

  • 04:10 Lyrics
    Angels

    Call the angels in for free

    Let it all come to be

    Call the angels in for me

    Let it all come to be

     

    Because a lifetime is just not enough

    And the earth could never hold me

    Because I still need you so much

    So let the love that has so blessed us

    Finally take me to my rest

    And then…

     

    Call the angels in for me

    Let it all come to be

    Call the angels in for free

    Let it all come to be

     

    And I’m so sorry

    For every mistake

    My heart just breaks

    To think that could have ever made you cry

    It tears me up inside

    And everyday now

    I pay now

    And pray somehow

    Please Heaven to allow

    Let me find you inside the sky

     

    Call the angels in for me

    Let it all come to be

    Call the angels in for free

    Let it all come to be

    Let it all come

    Let it all come

    Let it all come

    Let it all come to be

    Call the angels in for me…

  • 09:48 Lyrics
    Can't I Be With You Now?

    Can’t I be with you now?
    Can’t I be with you now?
    Cause you’re my only home
    And I’m so all alone
    Can’t I be with you now

    I’m all the way down
    And I just wanna go
    I’m all the way down
    And I just wanna know

    Can’t I be with you now?
    ‘Cause I just wanna go
    And I just wanna know
    Know all I know you know
    See all you have to show
    Go everywhere you go
    Can’t I be with you now?

    I’m all the way down
    And I just wanna go
    I’m all the way down
    And I want you to…

    Can’t I be with you now?
    Cause you’re my only home
    And I’m so all alone
    Can’t I be with you now?
    ‘Cause I just wanna go
    And I just wanna know
    Know all I know you know
    See all you have to show
    Go everywhere you go
    Can’t I be with you now?

  • 05:36
    Sunset Crush
NOTES
Hailed as "eclectic, steadfast and powerful" (PopMatters) and "taut, urgent and altogether haunting" (Ground Control) NYC's Bipolar Explorer follow up their acclaimed double-record "Of Love and Loss" (Slugg Records, 2012) with this powerhouse EP - an electrifying and evocative collection of five new songs - recorded, according to the band, "live, noisily and in a hurry" at their studio in Hell's Kitchen.

Summer Serafin - vocals
Michael Serafin-Wells - guitars, bass, vocals, percussion
Jason Sutherland - …
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Downtown Train (single)

by Bipolar Explorer

Released 11/13/2015
Slugg Records
Released 11/13/2015
Slugg Records
The band's moody, dreampop cover of Tom Waits classic released as digital-only single to mark Summer's 36th birthday.
  • 06:05 Story Lyrics
    Downtown Train

    Outside, another yellow moon
    Has punched a hole in the nightime mist
    I climb out the window and down to the street
    I'm shining like a new dime
    Downtown trains are full
    Of all those Brooklyn girls
    They try so hard to break out of their little world

    Well, you wave your hand
    And they scatter like crows
    Yeah, nothing that will ever capture your heart
    Just thorns without the rose
    Be careful of them in the dark
    If I was the one
    You chose to be your only one...
    Can't you hear me, now?
    Can't you hear me, now?

    Will I see ya tonight
    On a downtown train?
    Where every night it's just the same

    I know your window
    And I know it's late
    I know your stairs and your doorway
    Walk down your street and past your gate
    Stand by the light of the four-way
    Watch them as they fall
    Babe, they all have heart attacks
    They'll stay at the carnival
    But they can never bring you back

    Will I see ya tonight
    On a downtown train?
    Where every night it's just the same
    Will I see ya tonight
    On a downtown train?
    All of my dreams
    Just fall like rain.
    On a downtown train

Of Love and Loss

by Bipolar Explorer

Released 10/26/2012
Slugg Records
Released 10/26/2012
Slugg Records
Critic's Pick - Best Albums of the Year (Ground Control Magazine), this double-record is of, for and about the group's fallen bandmate, MIchael's Love & Partner, Summer Serafin. From NYC's premiere Minimalist Indie Rock band...
  • 06:12 Story Lyrics
    Letter (to the Darkest Star)

    Love you like no other
    Come for me
    Never be another
    Come for me
    Took you, took your brother
    Come for me
    No reason I can discover
    Come for me
    Only lonely
    Come for me
    Everything that you told me
    Come for me
    From nothin' but dirt
    Come for me
    Do nothin' but hurt
    Come for me
    And I can feel you
    But I don't know where you are
    Won't you take
    However distant or far
    Come to me in secret dreams
    From the darkest star
    Won't you take me where you are?

  • 03:07 Story Lyrics
    Flag Day

    Halfway through the year since you've been here
    Their words don't mean much but who's counting?
    Letters prepared with a frosty air
    The blow-offs keep on mounting
    You could never be sure you would ever have her
    There's no point in denying
    Nowhere to return when every bridge has been burned
    So why not give up for trying?
    Go on - run and hide
    Like every other time
    All those dear, dear friends from way down the other end
    Were oh-so-clear how they showed it
    With all their charms
    Welcome you with folded arms
    The whispers you couldn't hear, now you know it
    As bad as it is, it's as good as it gets
    This empty, idle threat is the best offer yet
    Go on - run and hide
    Like every other time...

  • 07:17 Story Lyrics
    Ocean

    Swallow your tears and make them mine
    Tide's gone out and my mind's made up
    Swallow your tears and make them mine
    Swallow your tears and I'll turn back time
    Tide's gone out and my mind's made up
    Until That Day
    Meet you under the waves-
    Walk all the way to heaven
    Until That Day!
    Until That day!

  • 03:36 Story Lyrics
    No Answer

    No answer
    For the way you are
    The way you are
    In my heart
    All and all and only you
    Nothing to do
    Can't help but fall
    Nothing more to choose
    Happy to lose myself in you
    Just fall
    In my heart
    In my heart

  • 04:32 Story Lyrics
    So Anyway

    Bury me underground
    Where I can't hear a sound
    I'll just slip away
    Like every yesterday
    If I could take your place
    The end you had to make
    I'd gladly make it mine
    Bring you back to find
    All on our own
    Only alone
    For anybody else
    And even for yourself
    There's no one here to see
    Still means the world to me
    All on our own
    Only alone
    Send your dark clouds for me
    What mighta coulda been
    Can now never be
    No need to defend
    We all are in the end
    Send your dark clouds unto me
    I guess you probably know
    Would even tell me so
    There isn't any doubt
    I'm never finding out
    All on our own
    Only alone
    Send your dark clouds for me
    What mighta coulda been
    Can now never be
    No need to defend
    We all are in the end
    Send your dark clouds unto me
    So anyway I guess
    It's only for the best
    We'll have to leave it there
    Still clawing at the air
    All on our own
    Only alone

  • 03:30 Story Lyrics
    Out

    Don't call me out...
    And when you go
    'Cause you're not mine
    I'm just one more
    thing to get behind you
    So never mind
    Forever more, anyway
    Don't call me out
    And every time you stray
    It gets so hard to find a way
    I can't find you
    From where I stand
    Your words aren't clear
    And I can see your life from here
    But never mind
    Forever more, anyway
    Don't call me out
    Don't call me out just yet

  • 05:01 Lyrics
    Moulding

    Keep pushin' what ya know's untrue
    Pushin' me away from you
    And right up to the line
    Of what's yours and what's mine
    Wield your silence to keep me down
    So fuckin' sure I'll just hang around
    Wait forever for you
    Like you're the best I can do
    But this time it's not like before
    I'll follow the moulding around your door
    And outside to a world away
    Where there's nothing more left to say
    Still up to your same old tricks
    Nothing one of your lies can't fix
    And every one of your friends
    Left all at loose ends
    You'll drag 'em all into this
    With your lingering bitterness
    If you can't get your way,
    You'll make everyone pay
    But this time it's not like before
    I'll follow the moulding around your door
    And outside to a world away
    Where there's nothing more left to say...

  • 03:34 Story Lyrics
    Never

    Although you'll never know and it's much too late now
    Even if it's no one's fault how it always breaks down
    Even if there's only so much more that we can even take now
    Even so, there's one more thing I just gotta say now
    I didn't wanna
    I never wanted to
    Fall in love with you
    Thought it something there just for me and you now
    So hard to see you share it with somebody new now
    But maybe it's all you know, it's just what you do now
    I didn't wanna
    I never wanted to
    Fall in love with you
    Can't believe the best thing
    That I ever had
    Could make me feel so bad
    I thought we'd have more time
    I really thought we'd have our whole lives
    I'll have to push that aside
    Pack up my heart, choke down my pride
    'Cause that's him on the other line
    That's his car just pulled up outside
    I didn't wanna
    I never wanted to
    Fall in love with you
    Oh, my love...

  • 05:38 Story Lyrics
    Necessary Weight

    Maybe a thing or two
    More left to say to you
    On the way to the Love that's True
    But you're always so far away
    Misstep right off the mark
    Words better said in the dark
    Still stuck in my throat and heart
    Always so far away
    Your turn
    Think it over sometime
    Let it burn
    Way it always does mine
    Lay me down on the dash of your car
    And dream of the place I dreamt you are
    Between an ice grey moon and the morning star
    Always so far away
    Walls begin to crumble
    And the ground just falls away
    No matter what they told you
    No matter what they say
    Walls begin to crumble
    And the earth just falls away
    By any measurement or standard
    It's just a necessary weight
    Lay me down on the dash of your car
    And dream of the place I dreamt you are
    Between a steel grey moon and the morning star
    Always so far away
    You're always so far away
    Always so far away
    So far away
    Far away...

  • 05:46 Story
    ... and at that hour, above (perigee-syzygy)
  • 03:50 Story Lyrics
    Dead End Street

    You can talk yourself into anything
    Believe it's true
    But nothing you can say
    Will ever make me believe again in you
    All you did just to break it
    All you do can't erase it
    Dead End Street
    Lost our way down a
    Dead End Street
    No return
    You tell me where to turn
    When anything that ya wanna
    Is everything that you're gonna
    You tell me who gets burned
    When everything that ya wanna
    Is anything that ya gonna
    Dead End Street
    We can never replace it...

  • 04:56 Story Lyrics
    Anyday

    My stupid hands
    My foolish mouth
    Let the one cover the other
    Never let it out
    I'll never know
    It's so unfair
    Dreamt you float alive above me
    Catch you in mid-air
    If only...
    'Cause now you're gone
    Now you're gone
    And I'm still alive
    And anyday is a good day to die
    Don't sleep
    Can't find my way
    There's nothing left of without you
    All I need to say to you
    But now you're gone
    Now you're gone
    And I'm still alive
    And anyday is a good day to die
    I close my eyes to find you
    I'm right behind you
    'Cause nothing so unkind could be true
    Sleep is finally mine
    And you...
    But daylight shatters
    Daylight shatters
    Nothing matters
    Anyday's a good day to die...

  • 03:37 Story Lyrics
    Comin' Home

    Build their walls around
    Just to keep you down
    But they don't see you
    They don't know
    What they say - don't do it
    Nothing more than a lie
    And they choose it
    They don't see you
    They don't know
    Tell somethin'
    Tell me all
    Can't wait
    I'm comin' home
    You're everything I think of
    Everything I love
    Lived a lonely life
    And swore
    I was maybe alive before
    But whatever that was I don't know
    Built my life around you
    Couldn't ever really live without you
    Just you and me
    I know that you know
    Tell me somethin'
    Tell me all
    Can't wait
    I'm comin' home
    You're everything I think of
    Everything I love
    Comin' home
    Tell me somethin', tell me all
    Comin' home, Summer
    I can't wait
    I'm comin' home
    You're everything I think of
    Everything I love...

  • 05:47 Story Lyrics
    Lost Life

    I still remember the day that we met
    I'm still not anywhere over it yet
    I remember the day that you died
    I only wanna be with you on The Other Side
    And somehow
    Someday
    Somewhere
    Some way
    It was a beautiful life that we had
    And I miss you, now, baby
    Oh, so bad.
    The Light's gone out
    And I ache like thunder
    I still need you
    And I just wonder if...
    Somehow
    Someday
    Somewhere
    Some way...
    Ah!
    Life's so lonely without you
    But I bet
    I haven't even seen the worst of it yet
    All the love inside you
    It saved me
    And I know
    That wherever you are now sweetheart
    Is where I must go
    So, somehow
    Someday
    Somewhere
    Some way
    Ah!

  • 03:28 Story Lyrics
    Molding

    Keep pushin' what ya know's untrue
    Pushin' me away from you
    And right up to the line
    Of what's yours and what's mine
    Wield your silence to keep me down
    So fuckin' sure I'll just hang around
    Wait forever for you
    Like you're the best I can do
    But this time it's not like before
    I'll follow the molding around your door
    And outside to a world away
    Where there's nothing more left to say
    Still up to your same old tricks
    Nothing one of your lies can't fix
    And every one of your friends
    Left all at loose ends
    You'll drag 'em all into this
    With your lingering bitterness
    If you can't get your way,
    You'll make everyone pay
    But this time it's not like before
    I'll follow the molding around your door
    And outside to a world away
    Where there's nothing more left to say...

NOTES
Honored in the Critics Poll of Best Albums of 2013 by Ground Control Magazine as "the most heart-stirring album of the year, it feels and sounds like music that is really from inside someone's own skin, skeleton, bloodstream and remains the most significantly stirring and addictive musical accomplishment I've come across in some time", OF LOVE AND LOSS (Slugg Records) is the second record from NYC's minimalist indie rock band, Bipolar Explorer.

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BPXmas

by Bipolar Explorer

Released 12/02/2014
Slugg Records
Released 12/02/2014
Slugg Records
New York's minimalist indie dream pop rockers bring their emotive, moody vibe with this Christmas album of traditional carols and one new original holiday work.
  • 04:27 Story Lyrics
    It's Christmas, Sweetheart

    In dreams I weep to wake from

    Because I'm bound to you

    Oh, thank god for the day

    I was ever found by you

    The snow was falling

    And so did I

    So sweet and kind and true

    It made me cry

    To ever have to say goodbye

    It's Christmas, Sweetheart

    I can feel your footstep on the stair

    Smell your ginger sweetness in the air

    And I know you're everywhere

    It's Christmas, Sweetheart

    I can feel your footstep on the stair

    All I want is just for you

    To take me with you there

    In dreams I weep to wake from

    Because I'm bound to you

    Oh, thank god for the day I was ever found by you

    So I'll remember, darling

    What you said

    About a life of love, so better led

    It's Christmas, Sweetheart

    (Spoken) Michael: Happy Christmas, Summer.

    (Spoken) Summer: I can't wait til you're here!

  • 04:30
    Emmanuel
  • 06:19 Story
    In The Bleak Midwinter
  • 04:54 Story
    The First Noel
  • 04:34 Story
    Silent Night
NOTES
Hailed as "eclectic, steadfast and powerful" (PopMatters) and "taut, urgent and altogether haunting" (Ground Control) NYC's Bipolar Explorer bring their emotive, moody indie-rock dreampop vibe to this new collection of Christmas songs. Featuring one original holiday composition and new arrangements of four traditional carols, recorded, according to the band, "live, noisily and in a hurry" at their studio in Hell's Kitchen. Ground Control called this record "Brilliant - ranging from moody shoegaze to jangly dreampop …
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