It’s been way too long since we last heard from the Los Angeles based SUPERHUMANOIDS, so now here to break the streak we have their brand new “Mikelah” 7″ from the White Iris label.
It’s been a busy 2011 for the Superhumanoids as this is their second release of the year, the first being their four track EP “Parasite Paradise” from Hit City USA. While I would like to know what that has in store for us, sadly I haven’t gotten my hands on it at this point. However we can use this 7″ to break up the time between now and then.
Things start off with “Mikelah” and it’s swelling synth textures, quickly growing into themselves to begin the song. Way off in the background are woozy, shape shifting landscapes that dominate and swirl throughout the track, driven underneath by a primal, tom-heavy beat that pounds and sucks you into it’s gaping void before the final fanfare-like chorus of the song. These are the advantages to having a hybrid electronic band, combining both traditional instruments and electronics to significantly broaden the spectrum and give things a fuller, more immersible and progressive sound.
Flipping over to the B-side “A Crowded Hour” reveals splattering effects and the calming murmur of Sarah Chernoff’s bold vocals. As this one continues to unfold, it subtly grows and picks up density and depth until the final minute, wherein the song smoothly rides out on lushly glowing synth waves and plucked guitar strings, solidifying a somewhat eerie vibe to close things out. Now if that’s got you curious check out both sides of the single right below, and grab that 7″ from Insound before it’s too late – it comes with a free poster if you order now!
A Crowded Hour –
My Rating: 7.2/10
Genre/ Tags: Electronic, Pop, Indie Rock
Mikelah 7″: Tracklist:
2.) A Crowded Hour