Brooklyn NY’s Super Hi-Fi have shared their new single and video for “Gone”. A beautifully cinematic visual for a track that is built upon a solid reggae groove and Super Hi-Fi’s signature, dual trombone melodies. Musically “Gone” demonstrates the groups continued ability to tastefully blend genre’s and redefine our expectations of what modern reggae should sound like.
Created in conjunction with aspiring cinematographers William Bermudez, Sam Friedman and Caden Ghen, the group filmed at Dead Horse Bay, a former Brooklyn landfill that provides the perfect backdrop for “Gone”. Old bottles and debris litter the beach, as a man (Gus Cuddy) is left frantically trying to repair an old boat. Both elements combine to create the perfect metaphor for singer and bassist Ezra Gale’s meaning and inspiration for the song:
“To me, the song “Gone” is supposed to work on two different levels; on the surface it’s a song about a relationship and pining away for someone who doesn’t care about you, but on a deeper level it’s about our relationship with the earth, assigning all these protective feelings to ‘Mother Earth’ when in fact the planet is indifferent to us.” – Ezra Gale
“Gone” comes as the second single off the band’s forthcoming LP Blue and White, which is set for release via Very Special Recordings on March 9, 2018. Prior to the official release, the band will celebrate with a show at Nublu in New York City on March 3rd. Event details can be found HERE.
Brooklyn-based Super Hi-Fi- an underground supergroup of sorts whose members have backed a diverse collection of artists ranging from Beyonce to Donovan to Bill Frisell to the Skatalites- mixes jazz-inflected trombones, the heavy rhythmic thump of Jamaican dub and touches of afrobeat, funk and rock for a mix memorably described as an ‘imaginary soundtrack from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Specials and Led Zeppelin.’ Led by bassist and composer Ezra Gale, whose last outfit, the San Francisco-based Aphrodesia, took their take on afrobeat all the way to Femi Kuti’s Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, Super Hi-Fi has been making waves in the fertile New York music scene since 2010, releasing records nearly non-stop since their debut full-length album, “Dub To The Bone,” in 2012.
Deservedly acclaimed both for their prolific recorded output and their live show, Super Hi-Fi’s unique double trombone-led sound is equally at home at a raucous dance party or an intense listening session. Applying the improvisatory dub mixing approach to live performances of the band’s original compositions and inspired covers, the group has shared stages with John Brown’s Body, Rubblebucket, Beats Antique, Debo Band, Meta and the Cornerstones, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad and many others at venues like the Brooklyn Bowl, Maxwell’s, the Mercury Lounge, the Rocks Off Concert series and elsewhere.
Meanwhile the group’s varied recorded output- which with the release of the new album “Blue and White” will stretch to five full-length albums and 4 single releases in five years- has garnered worldwide praise. Their debut full-length, ‘Dub To The Bone,’ was crowned ‘Best Reggae album of the year’ from NY Music Daily and the #1 album of the week from the NY Daily News (Dec 2, 2012). The band’s first single, the 7″ “Single Payer” (Electric Cowbell Records), was recorded by Brooklyn dub legend Prince Polo and received raves (“warm, enveloping, and heavy as lead” said Reggae Vibes) with a B-side of a radically deconstructed remix from Brazil-based dub producer Victor Rice. A split 7″ with Seattle’s Polyrhythmics featuring the “cinematic afro-dub” of “We Will Begin Again,” was called “Eerie, reminiscent of Rico Rodriquez’ work on the Specials’ Ghost Town” by Splinters and Candy. The band’s two Christmas albums- “Yule Analog Vol. 1” (2014), and “Yule Analog Vol. II” (2015) featured re-imaginings of Christmas classics and were critically acclaimed even from Scrooges like the music website InForty, who wished “If only shopping malls were blasting this every holiday season!” Next came two releases of inspired takes on classic songs- the Record Store Day Beatles/Police single on Electric Cowbell and the cassette (!) and download-only “Super Hi-Fi Plays Nirvana” (Very Special Recordings), which Paris DJ’s called “for sure the most surprising cover album of 2016!”
Super Hi-Fi’s new release, “Blue and White”, will feature original songs and will have a stunning cover design from printmaker Robert Swainston, who designed a cover that will be printed on each album individually. “Each one will be a little different but will come from the same source” explains Gale, “which echoes the aesthetics of dub music where you have different pieces made from the same song.” It’s a different perspective and more ambitious than most, but it’s clear by now that there aren’t many challenges Super Hi-Fi isn’t interested in taking on.