New York septet Superhuman Happiness will release their much anticipated debut album Hands on March 5th via The Royal Potato Family. We were already won over with the excellent first single ‘See Me On My Way’ and now they have spiced things up with a smashing live video for another song off Hands, ‘I Can Hear You Calling’. The track will also be featured in the forthcoming documentary film I Can Hear You Calling: A Musical Community in New York City.
There’s more treats from Superhuman Happiness. They have also shared The Juan MacLean remix of theirs and Cults’ collaborative rendition of Caetano Veloso’s ‘Um Canto De Afoxé Para O Bloco De Ilê (Ilê Ayê)’. The original recording was first released on the 2011’s AIDS benefit Red Hot + Rio 2, which pays tribute to the Tropicália movement. Listen to the original cover and The Juan Maclean remix straight after their infectious video for ‘I Can Hear You Calling’. Enjoy.
Earlier this month and as we previously mentioned, Superhuman Happiness released the original soundtrack to the critically acclaimed feature-length documentary film How To Survive A Plague, written and co-produced by the septet’s own Stuart Bogie and Luke O’Malley and featuring special guests Kronos Quartet as well as compositions by Arthur Russell.
Superhuman Happiness have unveiled a new clip from the documentary and the accompanying music is described by Stuart Bogie as an “urgent piece that was written to reflect the dire circumstances, the fragility of life, and the tenderness of the home treatment.” Proceeds from the soundtrack will go to the Student Global AIDS Campaign.
In other related news, Superhuman Happiness’s debut full-length album, Hands, will see the light of day on March 5th via The Royal Potato Family. We already heard the incredible and catchy lead single, ‘See Me On My Way’, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more.
Superhuman Happiness have announced the release of their debut full-length album, Hands, slated for a March 5th release via The Royal Potato Family.
The New York based 7-piece first started in 2008 “to seek joy and love through shared rhythm and melody, composed and improvised” as they describe in their social media page. “Their mission is to pursue a happiness greater than that experienced by an individual mind” and their infectious songs are the proof of their success.
Stuart Bogie, Luke O’Malley, Ryan Ferreira, Jared Samuel, Eric Biondo, Nikhil Yerawadekar and Miles Arntzen, who make up Superhuman Happiness, have collaborated with several other bands including Antibalas, Phenomenal Handclap Band, TV On The Radio, Iron & Wine and Martha Wainwright among many others.
“The foundation for the songs on Hands were created by playing a series of hand-clapping games at the beginning of each rehearsal.” explains the press release. “It was the spark that initiated a truly collaborative process.”
Speaking about the forthcoming album, bandleader Bogie said it “was cultivated through a shared method of composition in order to make something greater than any one individual. Who are our influences? More than anything, this band has seven main influences: each member.”
To entice us further, Superhuman Happiness have dropped the first single off Hands, ‘See Me On My Way’. Listen to it now.
This Tuesday December 4th, Superhuman Happiness will release the original soundtrack to the critically acclaimed documentary How To Survive A Plague, written and co-produced by Bogie and O’Malley and featuring performances by Kronos Quartet and compositions by Arthur Russell.