Sunflower Bean’s much-anticipated second effort is due out on March 23 via Mom + Pop, and today the New York indie trio have shared the pseudo-title track from their new record.
The bewitching “Twentytwo” imagines a place free of “all the people who disgrace us and make us hide our face,” showcasing the softer side of the band Twentytwo in Blue is said to exemplify. “Busted and used / That’s how you view your girl / Now that she’s 22,” sings bassist and vocalist Julia Cumming on the track, which a press release explains is “about fighting back against society’s expectations and generations of abuse by men in power.” Speaking to its message of youthful resilience—a particularly resonant one, given the inspiring actions of young people in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.—Cumming simply says, “You prevail.”
Previous singles from Sunflower Bean’s forthcoming LP include the urgent, upbeat “Crisis Fest” and the blissfully liberating “I Was a Fool.” In our 2016 Best of What’s Next write-up on the band, we hailed them as a “band of youths who are looking to the past, present and future for inspiration”—all early indications suggest that will hold true on their new record. We’re just bummed we have to wait another month for it.
Sunflower Bean will support their new album on tour starting in March, with dates in the U.S., U.K. and Europe set through July. The band will play a particularly special hometown show at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on April 26, where they’ll perform Twentytwo in Blue in its entirety. News of their tour expansion broke on Wednesday—find their full slate and see when they’re headed to a city near you right here, and get your tickets here.
Listen to “Twentytwo” below, along with the band’s 2016 Daytrotter Session, and revisit the details of Twentytwo in Blue here.