Athens’ “Appalachian Wave” crew Supercluster is a bone-fide Georgian super-group that ebbs and flows in size like any community and features members of Pylon, the Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Instruments, Casper & The Cookies, Deerhunter, etc. Their new album Waves follows 2007’s Special 5 EP and includes some of the last material recorded by Pylon’s Randy Bewley, who passed away earlier this year. Accordingly, Pylon friend and fan Bradford Cox jumped in to play guitar and help with production. As far as this particular track, “Brave Tree,” vocalist/keyboardist/producer/Pylon member Vanessa Briscoe Hay tells us it’s about “a real tree right here in Athens,” which adds something to the song’s central image. On the song, she’s joined by Bewley on guitar, Elephant 6’er John Fernandes on bass clarinet, Casper & the Cookies’ Kay Stanton on bass, two members of Bob Hay & the Jolly Beggars, Hannah Jones on drums/backing vocals, her and Bob Hay’s daughter Hana, and a high student named Sarah Cabaniss on cello. I list them because you get the sense this is more than a band — it’s some kind of family — and you ought to know each member.
Supercluster – “Brave Tree” (MP3)
Waves is out 10/6 via Cloud. If you’re in or near Georgia, you can catch a couple of release parties:
10/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/23 – Athens, GA @ Little Kings
[Photo by Michael Lachowski]