Recording new material between tours and studio work with other bands, the Stuart Bogie-led working-musician collective Superhuman Happiness follow up their dynamic full-length debut, Hands, with the relatively streamlined Escape Velocity - but only relatively. A bit less proggy yet still experimental in nature, and as always with top-notch musicianship, it continues the combo's trend across releases toward poppier tunes, complete with la-la-la singalongs and irresistible dance grooves. The most notable shift here is to more traditional pop song forms with nary an instrumental in sight.
Superhuman Happiness. Yes Wave Physical Music Love Sound Silence. Thank you for waiting, and thank you for listening! This album bridges time through all kinds of personal and global changes. Bogie has lived in 3 cities, Dia has moved 3 times, we’ve lost friends and loved ones, found new hope, been crushed into pieces by the encroaching darkness in the world, and found new hope again. We hope this music finds a home in your hearts and minds.
Over a dozen other musicians lend their talents to the album, including Reinaldo DeJesus on Latin percussion, and violinist Sarah Neufeld and saxophonist Colin Stetson, both of whom Bogie performed with as fellow members of Arcade Fire's touring band. Marking a new focus more than a new sound for the group, Escape Velocity's interplay of ruminative tone and unbridled infectiousness works like a charm, compelling not only moving feet but repeat plays. 1 VHS Superhuman Happiness 6:38. 2 Middle Ground Superhuman Happiness 5:58. 3 Super 8 Superhuman Happiness 5:42. 4 Date & Time Superhuman Happiness 5:30. Superhuman Happiness releasing 'Beacon' (stream a track). The album features contributions from Colin Stetson, Dave Harrington, and Richard Reed Parry.
Format: CD, Album, Gatefold Cardsleeve. Country: US. Released: 2015. Superhuman Happiness. Escape Velocity (LP). The Royal Potato Family.
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