Superbody has proven to be one of 2017's greatest highlights, offering a shimmering collection of optimistic pop songs on Youth Music. Imbued with 80s flair and modern sensibilities, the Tennessee duo of vocalist Robert McCurry and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Dills are clearly onto something uniquely wonderful.

The group recently wrapped its first U.S. tour, playing to a variety of audiences across the country eager to soak in their joyous tunes. They also sat for a series of photos by acclaimed photographer Aabid Youssef during an excursion up to Toronto. The band's success has boomed as the muted pastels of 'Patricia' and the lovey vibes of 'Falling 4 U' both offered a breath of fresh air this winter, while songs like 'Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!' could contend for song of the summer.

Superbody spoke to me about crafting their latest LP, style inspirations and Charlie XCX.

How long has Superbody been around? How did the group get formed?

Caleb: We began Superbody in early 2015. I met Robert at a club we both use to frequent. The night we met, we talked to one another at great length about art. On that drive home, I came to the conclusion we did not disagree once. I immediately phoned him the following morning.

Between "Hades Land" and "Youth Music," there has been a substantial improvement in both the production and songwriting. What do you think is responsible for this?

Robert: Thank you! I would attribute that to a need to exponentially better any type of art or personal project we are involved in. If I am not cringing at older material or catalogue of mine that’s good sign that new stuff isn’t quite pushing it forward enough.

Can you describe the process you went through in creating Youth Music?

Caleb: We went into Youth Music with the goal to create a collection of simple love songs that would make people happy. Hopefully, anyone who listens to the record listens with a smile.

Who are some of the influences for Superbody?

Robert: We have always very closely identified with the British Sophisti-pop movement including artists like ABC. We enjoy viewing music and being in a “band" as a maximalistic and expressive multi-media experience.

The "aesthetic" of Superbody has clearly been carefully cultivated and developed. How did your style come around, and who are your major influences for that?

Caleb: Contrary to what others say, style is equal to substance. I've always been a fan of appropriation art and I try my best to reflect that in this project. If there's anyone I need to send a "Thank You" card to, it is Richard Prince.

You recently Tweeted that your high school bullies purchased your record. Describe the satisfaction of that moment.

Robert: Haha. I had seen a few people who had given me wedgies back in the day sharing around and praising our music videos on Facebook. Bullies suck and don’t deserve to listen to our music.

Who are you listening to at this moment?

Caleb: Charli XCX! I'm also extremely excited for Katy Perry's new record.

What kind of gear/synths did you use to make this record?

Robert: We tried to switch our process to completely digital for Youth Music. Our first record we relied heavily on portable tape machines in the mixing process and we decided to push ourselves to make the most creative record without romanticizing any kind of outdated analogue gear in an attempt to speak to the current times.

How have you enjoyed touring the U.S.? Any plans for a larger tour or an international tour?

Caleb: It was absolutely wonderful. If the stars align, we are not opposed to going anywhere in the world that has people who love to dance.

What is your favorite 80s television show?

Robert: It’s upsetting that this is controversial pick...but 'The Cosby Show' was a huge part of my childhood.

What's next for Superbody?

Caleb: I’ll tell you later.

Youth Music is out now. You can stream the feel-good record below.