Boomkat Product Review:
Supersystem used to be known as El Guapo, but after a legal wrangle they have ended up as Supersystem, a nu-disco-punk-funk act who aren't afraid to party. Yep I'm sure you feel sick already from that description, but these guys are a force to be reckoned with blending 4/4 dancefloor beats with highly unusual instrumentation (harps??) and spunky vocals which probably have Out Hud quaking in their boots. There's no shortage of bands making post punk at the moment, but Supersystem like to mix up the regular pop cliché with risk and they succeed somehow in experimenting with the form a lot more than the majority of their peers. 'Eagles Fleeing Eyries' is a fine example of this, taking a fine harp performance from Jesse Sparhawk as the lead and building up the punk-funk-pop bit by bit. The result is slightly jarring, like !!! jamming with Joanna Newsom maybe, but it somehow works - and big respect for Supersystem for even trying it out. Elsewhere we see the band getting closer to their hardcore roots (they started life on the Discord label...) on 'White Light White Light' and with slow dub rhythms on 'Joy'. I can't say every track succeeds but the band revel in their experimentation which makes for a markedly more interesting listening experience than most other albums of this ilk. Want a party album with more than one brain cell? 'A Million Microphones' is here to help you.