This latest offering from Los Angeles trio Superhumanoids shimmers with the beauty of Sarah Chernoff’s vocals, which are layered on top of a weighty, 80′s-style synth beat. I’d previously only heard the acoustic set the band did at Daytrotter last year, so when the smoke-filled room that is the aural setting for this song began to pump into my headphones, I was caught a little off guard. But it was the good kind of confusion, like when a new love sparks and you don’t try to label it or contain it, you just kind of go along for the ride. “Geri” is not even two-and-a-half minutes long, and I found myself wishing for a little more. Instead I just repeated the song over and over, and that satisfied my senses.
Chernoff’s vocals are reminiscent of Amy Millan or Emily Haines, with that same breathy falsetto range and high-end depth. The song is a short burst of something very special, and it’s a great builder toward the band’s forthcoming record Exhibitionists, which is set to be released later this year. Superhumanoids will tour in support of Active Child and Balam Acab in North America very soon. For now, download “Geri” below.
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