Music Monday: What a Queer Pairing

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Good day, loyal truth seekers! It’s Monday, so of course, it’s time for a #musicmonday! So, I’m sure many of us have heard of Pentatonix. If you haven’t…well then you should go find out who they are right now! They started on the show The Sing Off back in 2011 and they won. After their win, they rose to the top, becoming the most popular acapella pop group.

 

The Sing-Off

Pentatonix on The Sing Off

 

The group even went on to win a Grammy in 2015 for Best Arrangement for their piece “Daft Punk”. They have gained international fame, touring in Europe and Asia as well as the US.  Even releasing an album of original music entitled Pentatonix. 

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The band was comprised of 5 members. Avi Kaplan, the bass; Kevin Olusola, the beatboxer; and the three core singers Scott Hoying, Kristin Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi. I say ‘was’ because recently Avi decided to leave the group due to some personal issue and saying that things were moving a little too fast for him. We’re sad we’ll miss him, but we understand.

A few years into the group Scott and Mitch started doing a web series entitled Superfruit! It started as a fun side project for them and soon became one of the most popular series on YouTube. They soon had merchandise and an entire new horde of fans to go with it. It soon branched out from your standard “Vlog” style, and the duo began making music. This all started when the released a medley of the Beyonce album Beyonce. That video became popular overnight, even receiving praise from Queen Bey herself.

After releasing a few more cover videos and growing their brand as Superfruit (SUP3RFRUIT), Scott and Mitch (Scomiche) have decided to turn SUP3RFRUIT into a music project. And boy, am I happy they did.

Their debut EP Future Friends Part 1 was released on June 30th, 2017, and OH MY GOD! It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. From the very beginning of the fun, upbeat, electro-pop opening “Imaginary Parties” to the ethereal final song “Future Friends” the album is an aural landscape that will take you on a fabulous journey. The music is complicated, yet simple, with lots of funk, disco, pop, and r&b influences, there is something about the album that is distinctly Superfruit.

Lyrically and content wise, the EP has a distinct flavor about it. Through very clever word use and innuendo, each of the Ep’s 7 tracks is very smartly written. My favorite being a lyric from the song “Heartthrob” is :

“I’m so over James Dean, I’m more of three names queen.”

After which, they go on to name some famous hunks from the 90s, of whom all have three names. The album is inherently queer and explores topics normally discussed in music but from a distinct queer perspective. It is the type of music I ‘ve been waiting to hear. It is music that is written for a new generation of queer men and women alike. It is relatable and it bumps hard as fuck.

In an interview, the duo discussed their mission to make an audio visual experience. They really take this to heart with every music video they have released. Each video is very distinct, each having its own personal aesthetic. Each video is very unique and specific with the imagery that it uses creating an experience for each track. Each video is connected by the simple fact that it is a Superfruit song, and they appear in all of the videos. One of the most striking of the videos is for the song “Worth it, Perfect” In which two young dancers dress as the opposite gender and do a dramatic balletic dance. It is a striking opposition to gender norms and how society views gender.

These two have a lot more to give us, I believe and I cannot wait for them to show us what else they have! Be on the look out for the second part of this musical experience, Future Friends: Part 2, hitting music stands and streaming services on September 15, 2017!

Thank you as always for reading if you haven’t PLEASE, go out and listen to this album and support queer artists! Also, be on the look out for more stuff here and even more in other places! Looking to ACTUALLY expand and do more!

Live to laugh another day!

Jaybo💙

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