Superhumanoids: Rice Queen
I don't care too much for labelling things and putting things in to genres. Sure, for organisational purposes it is useful, and for descriptive purposes it does it's job, but sometimes I'd rather just make up my own genre.
'Underwater music' is something I use to label music that is slow, hypnotic and floaty. The kind of music that, well, sounds as if you could be drifting down in the depths of the ocean.
LA dream-pop trio (previously a quartet) Superhumanoids' latest release "Rice Queen", is a perfect example of this made-up genre of mine. Earlier this year, the band released an album of b-sides and remixes from their 2013 LP Exhibitionists, this song is one of the featured b-sides.
Humour me as I describe to you the underwater seascape I imagine when listening to this song. It starts off with slow synth that sounds like muffled trumpets, then Sarah Chernoff's silky vocals come in, all hazy and distant, carried towards you on the underwater currents as if she were a mermaid or siren. The drums kick in, and this is where you start swimming, pulled by some deluded compulsion towards Chernoff's voice, calling you from the depths. You are drowning in some sort of joyful sadness as you sink further and further from the light and colour of the world above the water. Then, wait, I'm sorry is that whales I hear? Ok, sorry, I apologise for taking the underwater metaphor one step too far.