Friday, 24 January 2014

2014 Ones To Watch: Bipolar Sunshine

Following on from my piece for Demon Media where I chose my most anticipated albums of 2014, I decided to take a look at the bands and artists who are set for a big year and turn it into a weekly feature.

First up it’s Bipolar Sunshine, the solo project of former Kid British vocalist Adio Marchant, already tipped to be one of 2014’s big names...

After the split of indie-ska band Kid British at the end of 2012, vocalist Adio didn’t waste time in getting back into the music game. The Mancunian singer-songwriter wrote and collaborated with producer Jazz Purple before releasing new music under his own independent record label.

And 2013 proved to be a stunning debut year for Adio’s new project. Off the back of hugely successful debut EP ‘Aesthetics’ which was released in June, Bipolar Sunshine went on to land a slot a a major festival, Reading and Leeds, before supporting Bastille and then Courteeners frontman Liam Fray late last year.

November’s release of second EP ‘Drowning Butterflies’ created an even bigger buzz around the Manchester-based project; receiving notable praise from BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as Adio embarked on his first headline tour as Bipolar Sunshine.

Adio Marchant aka Bipolar Sunshine
The name itself is telling of the sound Adio has created. The mix of upbeat and catchy melodies with rather sad lyrics, typified in track ‘Love More, Worry Less’ from his second EP, is what Bipolar Sunshine is all about.

“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for each song,” states Adio, in this video introducing Bipolar Sunshine, “that’s the reason why I called it Bipolar Sunshine. At the end of the day it’ll be alright.”

Adio’s ability to capture real life experiences and turn them into beautifully emotive songs is just one of the reasons I’m tipping Bipolar Sunshine to continue to make waves in the music scene in 2014.

He himself is definitely up for the challenging of making this year an even bigger success than 2013, with support slots for Rudimental and Phoenix lined up, as well as more headline shows of his own booked for March/April.

And with the impressive material released by Bipolar Sunshine so far, you can expect more of the same when the full LP finally drops.

Find out more...
Twitter: @bipolarsunshine
Instagram: @adio123

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