30 Oct 2014

Superfood / Don't Say That (album review)

When this Birmingham four piece announced their debut album, the screams of 'YESSSS' or 'FINALLLY' echoed round the indie community, myself not discluded from the cries of happiness. Building up and onwards from the singles which promise greatness, the announcement of a debut album sparked a massive hype, one that which they certainly lived up to. This 14-track debut album shows off everything that Superfood have to offer. Their catchy, rhythmic guitar driven tracks scream individuality and for me, it's one of the greatest debut albums of 2014; a year which has given us debuts from some phenomenal bands. So, on with the review...

The album opens with funk-anthem Lily For Your Pad To Rest On which gives you a gradual 25 second intro before entering into the grooviest melody I've heard in a long time. "a penny for your thoughts/a lily for your pad/I like to sing about the things I never had" is almost rapped over the opening track which although lacks any real structure, is made up for in the sheer neoteric sound.Following this comes one of my favourite songs. You Can Believe is just brilliant. Dom Ganderton wails "Wanna believe / wanna get out yeah" over a singular strum of a guitar before that ever-so-funky beat kicks in again, throwing you back into a haze of poppy hooks and the boosting the sheer urge to dance. 

Track 3 takes it back to the song that started it all, Superfood. The creatively named debut song was released way back last year, and echoes their talent for writing totally unique tracks while still showing off their main influences. Their debut song doesn't sound out of place in the slightest with all the new album tracks, only backing up the fact that this band have kept their individuality intact perfectly. Even though the newly recorded version doesn't have the raw energy of the original, what is does have is a new sense of slickness, while still channelling the messy and unpolished vibes of this band.

TV follows, and with this track being my favourite single release, I'm insanely glad it was put on the album. Summing up the partying styles of Superfood while showing off the rockier 90's side to them, it's one hell of a track. With a solid beat and screeching guitars backing up Dom's wailing of "and then we go out/and then we go home/but i can never sleep without the TV on," the chorus is a catchy as the plague and don't even get me started on the bridge. Some lyrics which you can't actually make out shouted over a killer jam is one of the strongest sounds this band have produced. One of the best tracks overall.

Pallasades comes next, and the 90's sound continues. With verses sounding like The Stone Roses circa Fools Gold wacked either side of a modern sounding chorus, this track is not only diverse, but totally individual. Alas it is of the more album-filler-y tracks on the album and definitely not one of the strongest, but still a good ol' song. Superfood's newest single is track 6, and it's a special one. Mood Bomb just about sums up this band and what they're about. It sounds like youth, it sounds like summer and it sounds like a funking good time. 

Next comes the first interlude which is a 50 second intrumental piece laced in memories of dreamy summers before continuing the good vibes along to the next song, It's Good To See You. Definitely feeling a Peace-circa-Bloodshake-sort-of-sound, it's nothing more than a typical indie feel-good track. Not their best, not their worst, but perfect for an album filler. 

The title track comes next, and it's up their with the favourites. Although slower and seemingly more 'hip-hop influenced,' it's a stunning combination of teenage angst and indie. If you listen to it, you'll know what I mean. It's the sort of song you could imagine a moody group of teens nonchalantly nodding their heads along to, and even though the vocals sound almost dull, it's the kind of musically dull which works in every way. 

The second interlude comes next before the much loved song Melting. One of the very first songs I ever heard by Superfood, Melting combines all the elements that this band do best, and throw it all together. There's grungey/rocky sides to it, indier sides to it, and strung around a surreal and dreamy bridge shoved bang in the middle. It has all the essential ingredients of a perfect pop song, and I couldn't be happier it's on the album.

Right On Satellite opens with an almost Oasis' sounding melody, and although it's not their best, it's still a good track. Dom's vocals and lyrics are strong, the guitar, the bass and the drums all come together for this stunningly unique sound they continue to develop so well. 

Like A Daisy is the closing song, and it's my favourite song off this album. Everything about it screams summer, including the chorus. "Passed out baby in the afternoon / get your shit together cuz we're leaving soon" is the sort of chorus which, if you give it a week, will be being sung at full volume by the ever-growing crowds attending Superfood's tour (myself included.) Pretty much the perfect way to end this album.

Overall, Don't Say That is full of could-be-singles, funky rhythms and a plethora of just great songs. For a debut album, it's incredibly strong, and up there with the best of this year. I for one cannot wait to see them live again, and I urge you all to do the same if you have the chance. Big things are coming for Superfood, and this brilliant album is just the start. 

Rating: 16/20

(written by Poppy Marriott)