This is the debut ep from LA based quartet Superhumanoids and you get the feeling when listen to them that they take their influences from the late 80's and early 90's as their sound brings to mind Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Altered Images and Talking Heads. Not a combination that you would think would produce the sound it does but the lo-fi pop that Superhumanoids make is undeniably endearing.
The straight forwardness of tracks like Persona and Simple Severin is refreshing. This is pop with a indie bent that is just plain simple.... and good. The mix of electronica and live instruments on Contemporary Individual has a hypnotic effect on the ears sounding like The Smiths jamming with New Order while Cranial Contest and Hey Big Bang are brilliant slices of twee pop much loved by shoe gazers across the land.
This is a well crafted and charming ep that should open a few doors for one of the best new bands I have heard in quite some time. Strongly recommended.
The ep is available to download from the bands website for free or you can buy it on a limited edition red vinyl and listen to it the way music should be listened to. On a record player...