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Supraluxe

by Supraluxe

Welcome to Supraluxe. Lush Powerpop from Minneapolis / St. Paul. Cool chemicals, warm melodies, new sensations.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Sugar Chalet
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2. Flower
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3. Boyfriend
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4. Oleander
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5. Love Sweet Love
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6. Blue Sky
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7. Chemical Fun
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8. Tokyo
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9. Marmalade
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10. Run Rabbit Run
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11. The Big Comedown
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Supraluxe is a Minneapolis trio. Members Jim Risser, Bob Burns and Rich Pearson created the debut CD "Supraluxe" entirely in the humble confines of a home studio in St. Paul. By wrapping themes of loss, anxiety, alienation and love in the gloss of shiny summerpop, Supraluxe has created an exuberant, melancholy work.

Supraluxe was borne out of a lifelong commitment to musical exploration. For Jim, Bob and Rich, a weekly jam session called Rock Club that included a rotating cast of up to 12 musicians and a range of instrumentations quickly evolved into a project with a unique shape and form. Supraluxe moved out of the practice space and into the studio to capture their work and formalize song structure. The trio started delving into a shared interest in creating music that recognized deep and diverse musical passions while offering something new to the American musical landscape. Incorporating digital recording technology with classic rock guitars and orchestral arrangements, their CD recalls influences as diverse as Elliot Smith, early Todd Rundgren and David Bowie.

The Album "Supraluxe" by Supraluxe contains 11 songs, and was officially released 1/1/2006. Engineered and produced by Bob Burns and mastered by Dave Wesley (www.sursumcorda.com), the CD also features guest musician Jeff Budin.

This debut is a surprisingly mature and self-assured first work. Meticulous, lush and melodic, the album pulses with light and exudes a dark energy that is undeniable. Supraluxe carves out new classic melodies with a cohesive vision, and they have created a song cycle that is accomplished and complete. Let your stereo speaker carmelize with the now confections of Supraluxe.

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Nathan Horne

Getting into it is worth it
I'm not an expert, so I won't be telling you about all the movements and genres of music Supraluxe reminds me of, because I don't know any. What I do know is when I first bought the CD I did it to hear "Oleander" whenever I wanted,and I was hoping to find more tracks that had the same cloying sadness and bitterness in the lyrics. Fortunately, I didn't find an entire track list of "Oleander" clones. Supraluxe doesn't maintain a homogenous sound throughout their album the way Coldplay and Jack Johnson do; each track is different, calling a range of emotions. Sometimes the songs are angry, sometimes they're bitter, and sometimes just sad, but they add variety to their music. It took me a little while to get into the CD, because it didn't match what I had expected when I ordered it, but it was very well worth listening through, and I'm going to do just that many more times.
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Mark R. Trost

It's Vital, Not Vintage
The band is Supraluxe. The music is pop-rock. But it's not the pop of our youth. It's vital, not vintage. They've done the unexpected. They've reinvented pop. It's shades of beach-pop and mixes of euro-pop. It's folk-pop that's not militant but not saccharin on the lobes. It's Sergio Mendes mingled with the Beatles and splashed with the Beach Boys. It's Fleetwood Mac or Fogelberg with a grunged guitar. It's not homage. It's never a reiteration. It's relevant. And although the entire album touches on every aspect of pop music, it's not an echo. Each song affectionately caresses the scattered styles of pop music like smooth stones skipped over a placid pond. Yet, no song sinks deep into a pool of duplicated duplicity.

The stand out songs are "Flower," "Chemical Fun," "The Big Comedown." The timing of the guitar at precisely three minutes into "Flower" is inspired. It recalls the Phil Spector wall of sound. Yet the guitar cleaves the wall and clarifies the arrangement. The reintroduction of the vocals returns the sound back to cohesion and pops it back into classic rock. And the layering of the vocals into that revolution makes an anthemic sound that's classic but not arthritic. It's definitive. The song "Chemical Fun" is pure bossa nova pop. And this is when the CD takes a step up. The lyrics cut close. They remind us that pop music doesn't have to be insipid. The song "The Big Comedown" is when Supraluxe defines its own sound. The wedding of the lyric and the melodic is perceptive. The irony of the lyrics of disappointment and a melody of optimism defines the dichotomy of hope & realism and the schism of societal action & personal reaction. It's real.

It's catchy & insightful lyrics with an infectious beat without a doctored sound. Pure Pop. We can't claim they don't make 'um as good as they used to anymore.
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