Having changed their initial sound and identity, reborn two-piece Superfood have introduced us all to their second album much like proud parents. With the title ‘Bambino’ translating to ‘a baby or young child’, this collection seems to be very delicate and personal, born into the world with much care and attention. The sounds produced give a sense of juvenile fun and create a promising fun-loving attitude.
Whilst this Birmingham bands 2014 debut ‘Don’t Say That’ was successful, the sound never really had a unique style. Bouncing back are two members Dom Ganderton and Ryan Malcolm who most certainly have found their rightful niche.
When Superfood returned with ‘Double Dutch’, confidence visibly seeped through- it was made clear they were introducing something special. With a dazed and laid-back groove vibe given off by this teaser track, a playful nature is instantly apparent from starter ‘Where’s The Bass Amp’, a funky indie tune with evidence of an utterly infectious bass line. Almost taking you to a thriving 80s schoolyard, you find yourself imagining a boombox blasting and setting your inner child chanting.
Leading on from this, ‘Bambino’ journeys through sunny good vibes and swaggering alternative indie (‘I Can’t See’, ‘Unstoppable’), to instrumental (‘C Is for Colour’, ‘Lov’, ‘Wibble Mtn’), and ending on woozy ‘Clo Park’. Each track could essentially be classed as different genres but much like a child’s different characteristics, the album still has the duos harmonious warmth to it with an unifying identity. The balancing between these two is a perfect combination, with a great power and ability to juggle a unique colourful pallet of sounds.
Yet filled with dancefloor-leaning bangers, middle songs ‘Need A Little Spider’ and ‘Raindance’ seem to stand out. ‘Need A Little Spider’ represents their old songs, keeping the fluency from their younger selves. ‘Raindance’ has a nostalgic, darker presence and similarly to ‘Shadow’ they both lack the familiar funky feel the others all seem to now share. The songs almost contrast each other, with the running order playing a significant role.
‘Bambino’ proves how a second chance, hard work, and perseverance can construct something better than ever before. This record is made entirely of best ideas; Superfood are unstoppable. Who said nothing is ever perfect? Because this album sure is close enough
‘Bambino’ is out now via Dirty Hit. The albums full track listing is as follows…
1. Where’s The Bass Amp?
2. I Can’t See
4. wibble mtn
5. Natural Supersoul
6. Need A Little Spider
8. c is for colour
9. Double Dutch
13. Clo Park