Superhuman Happiness On 'World Cafe: Next' : World Cafe Combining Talking Heads' whimsy, Phish's laid-back vocal attitude and the joyful funk of James Brown, this Brooklyn group evokes something truly uplifting, in the process living up to its well-deserved name.
NPR logo

Superhuman Happiness On 'World Cafe: Next'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/141123789/141124926" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Superhuman Happiness On 'World Cafe: Next'

Superhuman Happiness On 'World Cafe: Next'

Superhuman Happiness On 'World Cafe: Next'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/141123789/141124926" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Superhuman Happiness.

Tatiana McCabe hide caption

toggle caption
Tatiana McCabe

Superhuman Happiness.

Tatiana McCabe

Playlist

  • "Needles & Pins"
  • "Oh Tatiana"

Brooklyn's Superhuman Happiness takes the whimsy of Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime" and plops it on top of Phish-like laid-back vocal attitude and the joyful funk of James Brown. It's all peppered with restrained brass flourishes, which sound as if any member of the horn section might spin into a complex improvisation if given the chance. Bandleader Stuart Bogie, saxophonist for the Afrobeat band Antibalas, evokes something truly uplifting, in the process living up to Superhuman Happiness' well-deserved name.

Related NPR Stories