Superhuman Happiness (Members of Antibalas): New Album


Superhuman Happiness
Movement becomes contagious listening to Superhuman Happiness’ first full-length album, Hands, which will be released March 5, 2013, on The Royal Potato Family. Today, Superhuman Happiness is sharing “See Me On My Way” the first single, click here to download. The band will also be releasing the original motion picture score for How To Survive A Plague, for which they are joined by Kronos Quartet, out on December 4, 2012.

The relentlessly creative band, whose sound has been dubbed "physical cinematic dance music," captured the magic of their electrifying live performances at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn. The outcome is a collection of songs that run the gamut from syncopated claps that represent the world’s earliest music to the coronation grandeur of church bells, art-pop dance beats, disco slides, math rock angularity and life-affirming emotions that reflect the band's moniker.

Guitarists Luke O'Malley and Ryan Ferreira trade highlife picking and revving power chords as Nikhil Yerawadekar’s ropey bass lines weave and bob through the pulsing beats issued from Miles Arntzen’s drum kit. Lush accents and waves of sound issue from Jared Samuel's array of analog keyboards and Eric Biondo's slyly subversive, but playful harmonies. Bogie’s horns, abetted by long-time friend and collaborator Colin Stetson, round out Hands’ deceptively rich sound.

The members of Superhuman Happiness are not strangers to collaboration. Each musician is a key player in the NYC music scene as their collective resume stretches across a dizzying array of talent, including Antibalas, Phenomenal Handclap Band, TV on the Radio, Iron & Wine and Martha Wainwright among numerous others. Together, however, their individual voices coalesce into one shared vision.

In addition to the forthcoming release of Hands, Superhuman Happiness recently recorded the original motion picture score to the critically acclaimed documentary, How To Survive A Plague. Written and co-produced by Bogie and O'Malley and including performances by Kronos Quartet and compositions by Arthur Russell, the music from the film will be released digitally on December 4 with all proceeds benefiting the Student Global AIDS Campaign.

[Published on: 12/3/12]

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