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Bipolar Sunshine


  1. 1. Drowning Butterflies

  2. 2. Love More Worry Less


Ideas for songs come to Adio Marchant all the time: when he wakes up, as he’s falling to sleep, in the middle of conversations (which can lead to misunderstandings, when he suddenly zones out). And when he’s washing up. No, really. “It’s because you’re doing the same thing and not having to focus on anything else,” he chuckles, “just this steady task. And that motion means that everything else in your mind just settles down. And that’s when I start thinking about what I actually want to be thinking about. It’s just always been my thing. I’m not saying that every time I wash up I come up with a song. I wish! But it does happen.”

To judge by his new music, Adio – previously the co-vocalist with the Manchester six-piece Kid British and now operating under the name Bipolar Sunshine – must have been slaving away at the kitchen sink a fair bit, because the past 18 months have been prolific, and the results are a revelation. As his debut release as Bipolar Sunshine, June’s Aesthetics EP, demonstrated so thrillingly, Adio is an artist for whom making music isn’t so much a choice as a necessity; it is as if these sounds have been bubbling away within him and are now, finally, bursting into glorious life. Ask the quietly spoken Mancunian where that music was hiding all those years and he answers with a grin: “I wish I knew.” He is just as unclear about where his singing voice – soulful, vulnerable, euphoric, and, alongside his often incredibly candid lyrics, the key ingredient in Adio’s music – comes from. “I never thought that I was a singer, or that I ever could be. It was my producer [Jazz Purple] who forced it out of me. He’d keep saying: ‘You can sing. You can do this. Don’t waste it: sing these songs in your voice,’ and the more I did it, the more I believed in it.”

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