Supertentacles is the moniker of Milwaukee musician Sean Anderson. He has played in numerous Milwaukee-based bands over the years and recently went back to school to study audio production and engineering. The music on his self-titled album Supertentacles is a complete DIY effort.
I think his studies in engineering have paid off because his album is one of the better home recordings I have heard recently. There is a clear separation of elements, a proper balance of dynamics and a warm sonic imprint. He mentions, “Supertentacles strives to create music that is accessible yet exist on the outer-realms of conventional songwriting.” Suffice it to say I felt like he achieved that. The songs are catchy and there are plenty of memorable melodies but Anderson has no problem implementing time signatures that go beyond 4/4, complex rhythmic patterns and inventive sounds to create experimental but approachable songs.
Things start to go with “Sinsinawa.” It’s a psychedelic cocktail. There is a good amount of reverb and delay but the groove between the bass and drums is kicking and even more dance worthy. It’s the vocals however which bring the hooks you will remember.
Up next is “Thank You” and I think this song in particular had a Tame Impala type of quality. The song is a bit of a slow burn but very smooth. Anderson kills it when it comes to the vocals and the chorus is infectious. The album continues with the faster moving perhaps Animal Collective inspired “Icicles” while “What's Wrong?” has a bit of retro ’50s pop vibe but is a little more cosmic and vast sounding.
“Doom” is up next and perhaps has the most wicked groove on the album. It’s a little dangerous sounding and a good song to drive to. “Invisible String” is very atmospheric with ethereal sounding. The groove is fluid and hypnotic. He rocks out more than ever before with “Who's Driving This Thing” and goes into slight Vampire Weekend territory with “Always Forward.” “Candy” and the closer “My Friend, Caterpie” were enough for me to really feel like this was an exceptional album.
Anderson is not only very talented when it comes to songwriting and delivery but production is also an area he excels in. This is one you won’t want to miss because it hits all the right points. Highly recommended.
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