As Austin-based Superfónicos leans into their debut EP, Suelta, they look to hone in a fusion of Columbia, Africa, and US sounds (See: aforementioned two influence rule).
Like their borderline rebellious sound would inspire, Superfónicos flips on the amps, tightens the mic stands, and proudly states “to hell with rules!”
The six-track debut EP shifts between hip shaking beats and slick 70s-esc guitar licks that bend the mind and invigorate the soul. Nodding to the roots displaying a healthy appreciation for the classics, the ensuing afro-beats fuse with horns and ever-present bass to craft a simply delectable presence that feels strongly at the cross roads of psych-jazz, but refuses to get on that bus. Instead, Superfónicos cruises on by in a classic, well maintained hot rod, windows down, dark glasses hiding the creative minds silently inviting you into a world that is equally heritage and present all at once.
Fuzzy shredding guitar emerge amongst funky, heavy-handed syncopated beats that slowly infuse into your blood. Suelta, “let go”, does well to balance the retro vibes with tenacity and flair. If ever there was an EP that would shatter through near-sighted political agenda, Suelta has all the right ingredients.
The infusion of Suelta is a bold undertaking that spans a seemingly dangerous number of influences. However, the only danger with Superfónicos is to your complacency. From title track to the dance off into the night of “Sigue Pa’lante” the rich cultural expanse Superfónicos sought to achieve pays dividends in the form of a tenacious well-executed EP that is undoubtedly only the beginning to something worth getting up and moving with.
Greg is a co-founder and regular contributor of Nanobot Rock.