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Superbloom Goes Nuclear in Music Video for “Tiny Bodyguard”

Brooklyn-based alternative rock band, Superbloom, take it slow and cautious with their latest single “Tiny Bodyguard.”

Black and white colored photo of the four band members of Superbloom standing against the metal fence of an outdoor basketball court.
Superbloom band - Photo courtesy of the artist

Bringing a mix of synth pop and indie rock vibes, this is a song that seems to float and flow with ease. Gentle vocals and arpeggiated guitar chords drive the current forward as some digitized noise create a slightly discordant texture that provides a nice musical contrast. Despite its slower tempo, there’s a gradual build that gets more and more grated until a sudden smash cut to silence at the end seems to crash out of necessity.

The single comes accompanied by a music video that uses abstract images of mannequins and explosions to visually counter the spacious flow of the music. Glossed with glitchy, neon colors and vintage fillers, it ages itself quickly like an instructional VHS that teaches what to expect during a nuclear Armageddon. It’s psychedelic and ominous in nature in a way that turns a melancholy tune something more epic, and significantly more mysterious.

Whether there’s something the song is trying to warn about or even protect, it is clear sense of care that oozes through the song’s core, even as it becomes more and more strained.

“Tiny Bodyguard” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The accompanying music video is also available on YouTube.

Find “Tiny Bodyguard” on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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