Published Jul 22, 2015The first word that comes to mind when listening to Human Music's Sup is "chill." The fuzzy, warbled production permeates the whole album, giving it a sort of warm familiarity, like you've heard it once before on an old mixtape. Thematically, the album delves mostly into the everyday problems of being in your 20s, as on fuzzy rocker "Cool Party," on which we take in the mundane observations of a "cool party," from petting the cat to wishing they'd change the music, before finally walking home in a "hazy dream".
There is also an overarching sense on melancholy on Sup, that the laidback nature of the record is less a product of cool detachment than it is of despondence. "Outta Sight," a song about being alone, saying the wrong thing, and ending up alone again, evokes this feeling particularly well; the line "On the curb, feeling so absurd" might be my favourite lyric of 2015. The vocals, meanwhile, somehow manage to sound relaxed and at the breaking point at the same time.
Sup is a great summer album, for the hot, lonely days where all you want to do is hang out in your basement. (Dub Ditch Picnic)