Superhuman Happiness Announces New Album, BEACON, ft. Colin Stetson, Dave Harrington, Richard Reed Parry
Superhuman Happiness is a musical collective led by Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie, who is known for his work with Arcade Fire (2013-present), Iron and Wine (2010-2013), TV on the Radio (2007-2009), and Antibalas (2001-2012). The group has announced their third full-length album, Beacon, which marks the 10-year anniversary of the band, and arrives October 19 via their new label, Yeggs Records.
Beacon features vocalist Dia Luna alongside Bogie and longtime collaborator, Eric Biondo. Special guest appearances by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Colin Stetson (Bon Iver, Cold Equations), and Dave Harrington (Darkside) bring distinction and new character to the sound of the album.
While Superhuman Happiness has earned a reputation for ass-shaking, euphoric dance music, this collection of songs takes a darker and more emotional turn. Written and recorded in the haunted attic of an old carriage house in Pittsburgh, the album delves into themes of sacrifice, isolation, and rebirth. Nevertheless, Bogie’s ability to consistently inspire his collaborators is the catalyst for an emotional journey through darkness that never loses sight of redemption. A beacon.
The video for Release Identity is out now.
Production by: Bogie, Ian Hersey, Mathew Scheiner, and Josh Kaufman.
Written by: Stuart Bogie, Dia Luna, Eric Biondo, Matt Scheiner, Ian Hersey, Sam Levin
Performed by: Dia Luna, Stuart Bogie (Arcade Fire, Iron and Wine, Antibalas), Eric Biondo (Antibalas, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats), Ian Hersey (Rubblebucket), Rachel Golub (Metropolitan Opera), Miles Francis (Will Butler, Antibalas, Angelique Kidjo), Marcus Farrar (Antibalas), Sam Levin (Elysian Fields), Josh Kaufman (Bob Weir, Josh Ritter, War on Drugs).
Featured guests: Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver), Dave Harrington (Darkside)
Produced by: Stuart Bogie, Ian Hersey, Matt Scheiner, Josh Kaufman
Mixed by: Ian Hersey, John Castelli, D James Goodwin, Matt Scheiner
Art direction/cover design by: John Leamy; photos by Joe Arcidiacono.
“Designed to drive an audience to dance, the music of Superhuman Happiness is a loose, spontaneous alternative to the rigidity of computer-generated electronic dance music.” – WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Their music joins buoyant call-and-response harmonies, rippling highlife-inspired guitar leads, !!!’s muscular funk-punk, and the spirited pulses of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music” – SPIN
“Led by Stuart Bogie, the saxophone wizard behind the ripping horns of Antibalas, Superhuman Happiness brings us tasty indie-pop sprinkled with legitimately funky horn arrangements, employing ‘80s electronic drum beats, bouncy clarinets, spacey-vocals and tinkling guitar textures, all to great effect.” – WNYC
"Marking a new focus more than a new sound for the group, Escape Velocity's interplay of ruminative tone and unbridled infectiousness works like a charm, compelling not only moving feet but repeat plays” – ALL MUSIC
“It. Is. Rad.” — NOISEY