2017 saw Superorganism catapult themselves into the playlists of anyone that heard ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’, ‘It’s All Good’, and ‘Nobody Cares’, whetting an appetite that nobody knew that had. This was followed at the start of this year by ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’, and recently by ‘Reflections On The Screen’, priming their ever-growing audience before their eponymous debut album is released on March 2nd.
Well, after having listened to all 10 tracks, I can confirm that it is, indeed, all good. It could be, and has been, described as ‘art-pop’, but really, it’s just pure psychedelia: the unpredictability; the winding grooves; overall wobbliness; the wonderfully random sound bites like the frog in ‘Nai’s March’; and the utter delight carried throughout. With half of the album released prior to the full-length, the focus was whether the other tracks would stand up and boy do they. Any of the new songs could’ve been singles, they’ve managed to take some of the most seemingly random and unrelated sounds and made them into catchy classics, especially ‘The Prawn Song’ and ‘Relax’, which are, quite frankly, ridiculous, but so moreish. To add to this, all the songs, somehow, get better with every listen, though I suppose as with most psychedelia that happens with noticing more and more of the intense detail that’s included.
The performance of the entire ensemble, all 8 of them, is exceptional; it feels as if the whole thing was entirely planned out beforehand and has come to be exactly how they wanted it – from the intricately mammoth production to Orono’s charming blend of youth and assuredness. The visual side of the organism is no different either, unsurprisingly, with their bonkers videos and delightfully colourful retro website, and capture this new era in psychedelic pop perfectly.
Superorganism are truly pioneers, and Superorganism is probably the freshest sounding album you’ll hear this year, and with the strength of this showing, I’m sure that whatever’s next, and of course their live shows, will continue to be wonderfully weird. I wanna be a superorganism.By Will Strickson