Sunday, January 10, 2010

"Appalachian Wave" supergroup takes indie rock back to the front porch

Artist: Supercluster
Title: I've Got The Answer b/w Sunflower Clock
Label: Self-released
Release date: 2009
Vinyl color: Blue marble

This two-song sampler of an Athens supergroup features musicians with resumes that include everything from Pylon to Lil' Wayne playing what has to be called progressive traditional music or, as the the band puts it, "Appalachian Wave".

Several of our new wave and punk-minded neighbors to the east like Vanessa Briscoe Hay and the late Randy Bewley of Pylon fame and Casper & The Cookies' Kay Stanton played on this hodgepodge of electric and acoustic instruments that, like Those Darlins' debut album, gives you the impression that the folks you're listening to love some of your favorite records though they also enjoy finer things in life like pickin' and grinnin' on the front porch.

"I Got The Answer" whittles down the sometimes self-indulgent indie collective sound to a three-minute pop song that should survive most anyone's attention span, while "Sunflower Clock" brings more psychedelic sounds to the mix.

With these two songs, Supercluster proves that not all collectives from Athens are dreadful.

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