While working in the group Superhuman Happiness, the three of us ( Stuart Bogie, Dia Luna, and Eric Biondo) explored bright harmonies and driving polyrhythms, which became the group’s signature sound, but when we began writing music together for the next record, we found a door to the other side, a musical shadow world. Darker melodies, harmonies, and slower heavier rhythms emerged, and we discovered a musical vocabulary for the range of emotion that was the inverse of Superhuman Happiness. We wrote lyrics that deal with death, destruction, and transformation not from the perspective of mourning, but as a necessary aspect of the cycle of existence, borrowing from sources like the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Tarot, and re-runs of Unsolved Mysteries. As the political tides shifted in November 2016, our work gained a new urgency and we committed to launching TOUCH/FEEL”
We enlisted producer/multi-instrumentalist Ian Hersey (formerly of Rubblebucket) and percussionist Bryan Bisordi to join the group. They bring a rough edge to the rhythms that make the music feel raw and alive, and more like chamber music in the sense that we are playing to each other and striving to engage each other like a string quartet would – without backing tracks or whatever to regulate the music to a clock. We smash clocks. The result is TOUCH/FEEL.