The first of our albums of the year was one that we had been waiting on for some time. When Superhumanoids first dropped “Geri” we knew immediately that we wanted more and this year we got it in the form of their debut album, Exhibitionists.
Cool and quiet shadows are pockmarked with beams of light and warmth as Superhumanoids ruminate on the crumbling of loves past and present. Cameron Parkins’ purring baritone provides an emotional anchor on tracks like “Do You Feel That?” where the arrangement has synths, drums and guitars spinning, twirling and playing together like fireflies on the night sky. Meanwhile Sarah Chernoff’s sweet voice skips along playfully on a couple of the more danceable offerings, “So Strange” and “Too Young For Love”.
There are dystopian Vengelis-like synth lines and cascading 80’s power drums as bright 80’s synth-pop blends into cool clouds of dreampop. Pulses of energy give way to swirling mists which in turn cede to smooth and sensual grooves.
All throughout Exhibitionists, melodies swoop and swoon, flying to the sun and melting into considered and analytical lyrics. Light and dark meet, mix and leave hand-in-hand, carried off on the marbled tide of heady and vibrant synth-pop and more downtempo and icy soundscapes. The Los Angeles based band has created sounds that dance, sway and float in equal measure and the result is an absolute delight.
’Exhibitionists’ is available on Innovative Leisure and can be bought on iTunes.