Superfood’s Bambino is an Auditory Collage of Harmonious Nostalgia
Written by Molly Alexander
Superfood is back with an energetic new album, cataloging their persistence and independence beyond the music industry. After breaking away from their record label in 2014, the British quartet became a duo and their necessary album resources were disintegrating. However they held on, recording in unconventional “studios” until they were ready to return to the musical realm with self produced magic. And rather than just re-entering the industry, they vibrantly rebounded with their most experimental record yet: Bambino. Through 13 tracks, the duo retains their soul and personality whilst reinventing their sound. The group’s sound is reminiscent of early British rock acts like Blur and Oasis with the inventiveness of modern groups like Tame Impala and Glass Animals.
The first track, “Where’s the bass amp?”, assails the listener with nostalgic samples and a baseline that could seamlessly fit into an episode of Soul Train. This initial taste foreshadows the distinctly original lyrics and joyous songs that will follow. The album meaningfully travels from one track to the next while dipping into funk, rock, hip hop and pop genres. It leaves the listener buzzing with the upbeat rhythms and vocals found in “I can’t see” and “Unstoppable”. Together the songs convey narratives of valuing time, craving past relationships, and facing human mortality. More refined tracks like “Need A Little Spider” integrate ideas of social change with scratchy rock and retro electronic loops. Superfood speaks of making “all this noise and still no-one’s listening” to the point of wearing down your physical body and soul. The second verse further showcases the impatient cycle of persisting and wanting more from society only “for no change”. The song concludes with wanting a spider to “step into his eye sockets make him see/ like a dirty crystal ball , I can see his future clearly but he never seems to see me”. Imagining a symbol of power and advancement crawling into the very window of the human soul showcases humankind’s strenuous crave to be seen and heard beyond lenses shrouded in ignorance.The deep and poetic nature of this song stands out from the lyrical simplicity found among the other tracks. The album closes with “Clo Park”, a song that starts with minimal electronic instrumentals then bleeds into a borderline psychedelic tune. The psychedelia fades into gritty guitar riffs, seventies-esque bass, and lyrics with a hip hop flow. “Clo Park” is the ribbon that ties together the variety of styles and surprises contained in the album. Superfood has grown up from their pop saturated debut and have brought forth lyrics that make you stop and listen; marking a new era for the duo. All together, Bambino is an auditory gift from a band making their mark and proving their worth in a debilitating industry.