‘Superhuman’ is dedicated to Tillman’s wife Eva who was diagnosed with MS 9 years ago. Eva’s courage and strength to live with and battle the degenerative disease inspired him to compose the album. The album is a re-affirmation of the power of the human spirit and a testament of love. It celebrates the courage and drive of those who must summon up the superhuman strength needed to face extraordinary challenges every day.
‘Superhuman’ soars in all its panoramic glory on 11 diverse tracks that include the sublime ‘Zero Gravity’ whose tranquility radiates an expansive and blissful ambience. Tillman merges classical Ravel with cutting-edge electronic dance music on the dynamic and relevant ‘Superhuman’. ‘The Invisible Shield of Strings and Bows’ unspools like a film reel filled with poignantly drawn cello lines. Shining washes of synths and a rapid dance tempo run through the EDM-immersed ‘Wonder’. ‘Cracked Diamonds’ comes on with sleek, James Bond-like sexiness, while ‘Celluloid Spaces’ segues from soulful gospel-blues to joyful EMD euphoria. Tillman even adds a trace of human vocals to an otherwise all-instrumental album, with wordless female croons gracing the gospel-rocker ‘Unlocking the Locks’ and hymn-like sighs hovering over the shadowy ‘Involuntary Midnight’.
Tillman collaborated with several renowned musicians on ‘Superhuman’ including Michael Landau (Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell), Davey Johnstone (Elton John), Graham Russell (Air Supply), Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa), LeelandSklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins), Dee Lewis Clay (Peter Gabriel, Jamiroquai), David Paich (Toto), and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.