New York 6-piece MisterWives released their third full length album, SUPERBLOOM, on July 24th 2020.  The album’s first single, the summery title track, is out now.   

Listen to the single here:  https://youtu.be/tv3gjE3zIIs

In March 2019, in the depths of enduring the worst heartache of her life, MisterWives frontwoman Mandy Lee took a trip out to California’s Antelope Valley to see the superbloom: a phenomenal blossoming of wildflowers way out in the desert, sprung from the enormous rainfall that drenched the region that winter. “My grandmother and my mother used to collect poppies and dry out the flowers when they lived in Spain, so my sisters and I all went there in their honor,” Lee recalls. “At the time I was in a place of barely being able to get out of bed, and as I was standing in the fields with those flowers I just started to cry. I felt pretty lost and hopeless, but seeing all these flowers that aren’t supposed to even grow made me feel like there could be some kind of light and happiness on the other side of the pain.”

The album’s title track echoes the profound sense of possibility Lee discovered that day at the poppy reserve. With its chorus including a lyric Lee later adopted as a mantra in times of self-doubt (“I deserve congratulations, ‘cause  I  came  out  the  other  side”),

SUPERBLOOM draws  much  of  its power  from  its  graceful arrangement of so many potent elements: soulful horns and luminous piano melodies, hard-hitting rhythms and gospel-choir harmonies.

An intensely personal reflection on growth in unexpected places, MisterWives’ new album SUPERBLOOM marks a moment of major transformation for Lee, and her bandmates: Etienne Bowler (drums), William Hehir (bass), Marc Campbell (guitar), Jesse Blum (keys, trumpet, accordion), and Mike Murphy (saxophone). The New York City-bred band’s third full-length and first album for Fueled by Ramen, the 19- track epic finds MisterWives greatly expanding their already-adventurous sound, introducing new textures and colours to their magnetic form of indie-pop.

With its unpredictable yet elegant flashes of disco and hip-hop and left-of-center R&B, SUPERBLOOM came to life in collaboration with a number of MisterWives’ creative peers, including alt-pop trio Sir Sly and Dylan Bauld of flor. “In the past we’ve done records on our own, but for this one we ended up working with other people and coming up with a really fun mishmash of different styles, while still maintaining the MisterWives sound,” says Bowler. To that end, Bowler joined producers such as Tim Pagnotta (COIN, Walk the Moon), Frans Mernick (Foster the People, A$AP Rocky), and Alex Salibian (The Head and the Heart, Young the Giant) in handling production on SUPERBLOOM, while Lee penned songs with co-writers like Sir Sly’s Landon Jacobs and Grammy Award-nominated singer/rapper/songwriter K.Flay.

In dreaming up the endlessly shapeshifting sound of SUPERBLOOM, MisterWives recorded in a series of studios in L.A. and New York—another departure for a band who created their 2014 debut EP Reflections in a closet at Lee and Bowler’s old apartment in the Bronx.

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