Noor Tannir & Zahraa Assaf
Staff Writer & Layout Editor
You might have heard of “Pentatonix”, the three-time Grammy Award winning a cappella group. But more recently, the hype has been around “Superfruit”. Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi from “Pentatonix” have been creating content and sharing their lives on their YouTube channel for a little over four years now, but only just released their own music under “Superfruit” for the first time after their group went on hiatus.
The album does not disappoint. They make a very smooth transition from cover songs to originals, bringing their charm and quirk along for the ride.
Christmas came early for “Superfruit” fans when the duo released their full album “Future Friends” on September 15, which was preceded by two EPs that act as the two parts that form the grander album which was anticipated.
This album, released in the outreach methods of pop, with an approach very similar to hit music, actually is telling us more than a song playing on the radio. Although all sixteen tracks that make “Future Friends” each individually sound like they could be a hit on any popular radio stations, “Superfruit” offers their audience more amicable and relatable content, especially when it comes to their LGBTQ+ listeners.
“Future Friends” is a great example of music that not only reiterates the same catchy, aesthetically pleasing, and upbeat forms which we are avid listeners of, but also shifts the common discourse and makes music, lyrics, and visuals all the more approachable and different.
Through their music videos, such as the one they have released for “Worth It (Perfect)”, they work hard on opening a space for discussions on issues regarding gender and sexuality. They provide a space for people to relate, learn, understand, share, and be empowered, and this space is not only sonic but it is also visual.
“Heartthrob”, the sixth track on the album, is encompassed with 90s high school references. Written as though it were from a teenager’s point of view, it sheds light on how a closeted teenager’s high school experience would be. “Future Friends” is an interesting take on a typical break-up song where the couple are hopeful and promise that they will eventually be friends.
The album raises concerns common to all, but often unspoken of and unwritten in the music industry. “Superfruit” provides a platform for all people, regardless of race, gender and sexual orientation and brings it forth into pop culture.