Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Waves" by Supercluster (members of Pylon, Circulatory System, Deerhunter, and more) out now on Cloud Recordings!

Download: Supercluster -- "Brave Tree" (via Stereogum)

Waves, the first full-length by Supercluster, is out now on Cloud Recordings! Supercluster will also play album release shows in Atlanta and Athens, Georgia later this month:

10/22 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl (w/ Casper & The Cookies, DQE)
10/23 - Athens, GA - Little Kings Shuffle Club (w/ Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't)

With a blast of creative energy fueled by an enthusiasm for making music together, a fantastic combination of Athens, Georgia musicians formed Supercluster, the brainchild of Pylon vocalist Vanessa Briscoe Hay and Hannah Jones of The New Sound of Numbers. Spanning the history of Athens music from the early days of the B-52s and R.E.M. to the present, Supercluster is a collaborative effort, featuring the talents of members of Pylon, The Olivia Tremor Control/Circulatory System, Deerhunter, Casper & The Cookies, The New Sound of Numbers/Sound Houses, Instruments/Gnarls Barkley/Lil' Wayne, and Bob Hay & The Jolly Beggars/Squalls.

Descriptions of Supercluster's music range from trance/dance to "Appalachian Wave," due in no small part to an eclectic combination of elements - three female vocalists, upbeat rhythms, violin, cello, mandolin, clarinets, acoustic guitar, keyboard, and angular electric guitar.

This is the band that every musician in Athens wants to join, as evidenced by the inclusion of its two newest members, Heather McIntosh and Bryan Poole (B.P. Helium). McIntosh is best known for her performances with Instruments, Gnarls Barkley, and Lil' Wayne. She plays cello on the new Supercluster CD, Waves. Poole is a long-time member of OF MONTREAL. Although B.P. does not play on the CD, he made his first appearance as a member of the group when SUPERCLUSTER opened for the B-52s in Mableton, Georgia in August 2009.

The new CD, Waves, is also one of the last documents of the guitar skills of Randy Bewley from Pylon, who passed away in February 2009. Bradford Cox, native Athenian and member of Atlanta band Deerhunter and a longtime fan of Pylon, stepped in to help Supercluster finish the recording. The CD was recorded and mixed at Bel*Air Studios by producer Jason NeSmith of Casper & The Cookies. NeSmith also assisted in laying down guitar tracks.

In drawing from the support and love of the Athens music community, Supercluster band members feel that Waves is, as Julie Phillips wrote in the Athens Banner-Herald, "a testament not only to Bewley's talent, but to the unit of the group as a whole, now without Bewley." As one example, the final recorded track on the CD came from a group jam that Bradford Cox suggested the band try while Jason NeSmith was preparing the studio for recording another song. Even without Bewley, the imaginative, playful side of the group continues to emerge.

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