Supergroup - Vol. 2

12 songs
45:02 minutes
***** ****

I seem to have lost the label info sheet, and not finding much about Supergroup on the Internet, I have to feed you with the few things I know about the band. They released the mini-album, logically titled Vol. 1, ten years ago. Vol. 2 doesn't seem to be released yet, but should be in the early months of summer. As we are used to with Micropal Records, we get quiet independent music from a label that may not yet have released so many album, but which also always has a severe eye on the quality angle.

The name Supergroup should be taken ironically, although in the past they had already people from Throw That Beat and the SuperGnomes working with them. This time I guess there are certainly other celebrities from lesser known indie bands, which also explains the ten year lapse between the two Supergroup releases, but what we get to hear on Vol. 2 is some of the finest Americana inspired music I have ever heard, and possibly even the best from a German band. With an approach that owes as much to the serenity of the Pernice Brothers and the certain ear for pop appeal reminding heavily of Big Star, Supergroup is surfing effortlessly through a dozen short songs that at times flirt with the simplicity of regular indie alt rock (Sink Or Swim), overwhelm you with sincere melancholy (When Love Had A Song), reach into more epic movements (Shine) or just explore the more remote parts of popular culture, which are not always necessarily their best moments, but absolutely vital to the many faces of this great album. Popolino is a short crazy instrumental sounding like Van Der Graaf Generator rehearsing Purple Haze in a garage, the two short closing tracks (Al Barn's Blues, Pussy Ditty Wha Wha) sound like studio fun the band spontaneously decided to add as a bonus. Special mention goes to the "audiobook underlaid with instrumental music" The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime, where a woman recited parts from Mark Haddon's novel that I recommend for everyone to read. You won't find many better juvenile heart-breaking juvenile detective stories.

If this were an American band, the usual trendsetting websites would be hailing them as the saviours of pop music, but the way reality works, only a small elite will probably get in the taste of Supergroup's Vol. 2, a quiet solemn album that no friend of beautiful poetic alt rock can't afford to miss.

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