Born in Milan, and now based in London, Super Paradise have just burst onto the garage scene in the UK with their debut album Quencebo: twenty minutes of high-octane rotary psych, both frenetic and melodious fusing the genres of garage, synth pop and psychedelia.
Originally written and recorded by lead singer and guitarist Francesco Roma in his hometown, Milan, the record sees the collaboration of Nico Spreafico on backing vocals and now as guitarist in the live line-up. Since moving to the UK, they inspired keyboardist Juliet Styles and drummer Bradley Smith to join to create the full line up. Building on the edgy energy of Thee Oh Sees, the rough sounds of Parquet Courts and the soundscapes of New Order, the result is a hypnotic amphetamine rush with dizzying catchy melodies.
Super Paradise: Ties
The album starts off with the infectious “The F.C.”, a great opener, if there ever was one, with its classic synth arpeggios and driving rhythm, that propels it forward for an exciting three minutes. From there, we have the one-two punch of “Ties” and “Dawn”, a pair of anthemic noise-pop hits that actually remind me a lot of Jigsaw’s own American Culture. After a brief interstitial piece, we’re treated to a guitar-based version of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” (not knowing the original, I checked it out, and can safely say that Super Paradise have very much made it their own!), followed by a couple more noise-pop tunes, finally closing out with “Tonight”, a slow-building mini-epic. Barely over 20 minutes in length, you’ll have no problem hitting repeat on this rousing mini-album!
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