There seems to be some sort of mad scientist thing going on with Body Parts’ infectious new track ‘Comfortable, Happy, Satisfied’. The California four-piece creates an art-pop Frankenstein of sorts, stitching the avant-garde vocal textures and phrasings of the Dirty Projectors to the raucous and unrestrained exuberance of Brooklyn’s Suckers.
This is not intended to be background music, and the band makes that very clear from the start, virtually interrogating the listener in three-part-harmony over throbbing toms and some sparse guitar picking. The singing is a highlight, with tight, crisp, and well-placed vocal harmonies building to an emphatic chorus that stomps and sways in a slightly off-kilter way, like a the drunken last dance at a best friend’s wedding.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been infatuated with this song from the first listen. My only issue with it is that it’s painfully derivative. Body Parts have thus far done an excellent job of cherry-picking the finest influences that modern indie-rock has to offer, but I hope they can expand their sound and become a sonic touchstone much like the bands they are emulating.
Body Parts self-released new album, ‘On Purpose’ is out now and available as a name-your-own-price download. It’s also available as a physical CD with a handwritten note and drawing from the band.
Body Parts – Comfortable, Happy, Satisfied