The history of music has always been cyclical, as many things often are, with convention giving way to experimentation, which then gives way to nostalgia-and on and on again until this series of events becomes a Möbius strip of rhythmic proportions. You’ll find pop music stuck firmly in the middle of this never-ending equation, a fluorescent blip on a very large radar. But for Chattanooga pop band Superbody, this idea of reinvention, or of a memory-colored pop concoction, isn’t something that simply shows itself after a certain number of years lingering in the shadows of mainstream music. It’s a difficult aesthetic to create without feeling overly beholden to more than a few common musical influences. I’m looking at you, ’80s pop music.
In 2015, the band (composed of Robert Gregg McCurry 2nd and Caleb Jackson Dills) released their debut record, “Hades Land,” and found a way of approaching and dissecting their pop inspirations that felt less like homage and more like pure creation. Their effervescent pop melodies swirled around your head in waves of bliss and well-earned nostalgia. For their new record, “Youth Music”-due out March 24 via Good Sadie Records-McCurry and Dills delve even deeper into their warped pop proclivities.
On the album’s first single, “Patricia” (and its accompanying video), they embrace a pastel palette and an ’80s-fueled binge of bright pop melodies and jangling guitars that beg comparisons to bands like Talking Heads and Soft Cell. Doused in a fever dream of softened colors and ’80s corporate training videos gone wild, the clip finds the duo laying their odd pop noise across a landscape of erratic movements and unraveling sanity. It’s a gorgeous and slightly unsettling video that manages to instill both a manic glee and a sense of otherworldly habitation with the past. There’s more than a bit of excess and theatricality in the track’s production, and you’re going to love every second of it.
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