Brooklyn-based alternative rock band, Superbloom, take it slow and cautious with their latest single “Tiny Bodyguard.”
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.
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.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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