SUPERMOON'S brand-new double 7-inch, Playland, begins with rolling waves of percussion, layers of honeyed guitar tones, and breezy vocals. It's the Vancouver, BC four-piece's follow-up to last year's Comet Lovejoy EP.
While their music's definitely got the sun-soaked twang of surf-pop, Supermoon sound like they're riding glassy moonlit swells at the "Witching Hour." Playland's eight vibrant, subdued tracks recall the pivotal scene in Hayao Miyazaki's film Spirited Away when the sun sets and transforms Chihiro's parents into pigs and an abandoned amusement park into a haunted spirit world. Their music is transitory twilight—teeth-rotting pop subtly becomes something much more sinister.
Nowhere is this more apparent than "If You Say So," a claustrophobic track with nervous, crystalline riffs and the numbly repeated phrase "You're right, you're right, you're always right." Standout "Stories We Tell Ourselves About Ourselves" feels carnivalesque, alternating between queasy and playful melodies like it's being distorted in funhouse mirrors. "Fast-Fashion," the album's closing track, pairs grim basslines and dizzying repetition of the words "Inside to outside/Outside to inside" before blooming into gooey bouquets of "oohs" and "ahs."
Supermoon rips open carefully concealed truths and whispers sweet nothings to no-face ghosts lurking in shadowy corners. On Playland, they're masters of spooky pop, mercilessly flipping the switch between darkness and lightness.
Supermoon plays Anarres Infoshop (7101 N Lombard) Sunday, May 22, at 7 pm with Shadowlands, Pipe Layer, and Sparkle Carpet.