Mischievous art-poppers Superbody are back -- and they’ve brought some friends. Led by the outlandish crooner Bobbi Superbody, the band specializes in a form of mutant pop that balances somewhere between the synth eccentricities of Soft Cell and the danceable indie-pop beats of Washed Out. Infinitely catchy, and the catalyst for spontaneous bouts of bodily movement, their music is steeped in pop’s wild and innovative histories, resulting in an unpredictable wash of enormous melodies and florescent rhythms.
Their last record, 2017’s “Youth Music,” was a vivid and miraculous pop spectacle, filled with undeniable arrangements and a certain ‘80s-influenced melancholy. They mixed a handful of unique musical perspectives and developed a sound as fascinating as it was distinctive. They shared a one-off single, “Hollywood,” back in August of last year, and it found the band continuing to evolve and advance their warped pop instincts. They teamed up with electronic pop purveyor Carl Cadwell (aka Summer Dregs) for that song, and the collaboration was a highlight for all involved.
And now it seems that there was still more musical grist for that particular mill, as Superbody and Summer Dregs have again paired up to release a new song called “Champagne.” Produced by Cadwell, and aided in its expansive pop unfurling by guitarist Johnny Cate, the track packs in a lot of wonderfully uncontrollable rhythmic impulses into its length. The Devo-esque bassline feels tactile, wrapping itself around your brain and lodging deeply within your subconscious while the guitar (beautifully reminiscent of The Cars) ingratiates itself into your good graces. Bobbi’s otherworldly voice is as affecting as always and compliments the music as only it can. “Champagne” is another step forward in Superbody’s continued growth as an experimental musical transmitter and points to even greater pop transformations in the future.