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March 2019
Review

Superorganism - Superorganism

In 2018’s pantheon of debuts, there will be few as exciting as this.
Superorganism - Superorganism
Published: 11:43 am, February 26, 2018
In 2018’s pantheon of debuts, there will be few as exciting as this.

'Album' of 'the Week'


Label: Domino
Released: 2nd March 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

There are a lot of positive things for a new band to be. Exciting is a must; nobody wants to be boring. Intriguing is a good one, a touch of mystique can help. A good personality is important to drag oneself out of the grasping hands of the less engaging masses. Superorganism have something few others could ever hope to posses though. They’re positively infectious.

The sparks of energy that only exist when seemingly impossible things collide, it only takes a quick glance at the collective to realise they’re a little different to the norm. But crucially, this isn’t about visible oddity. It’s about sounding like the best, coolest - and most importantly, fun - party in town.

From the slack strive shuffle of ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’ to the fantastical ‘SPRORGNSM’ (all the best bands have a theme song - Ed), every beep, bloop and twang has a once in a generation swagger. Like the first point Avalanches headshrunk new frontiers the better part of two decades before, it’s nothing short of fascinating.

With a quiet confidence rarely afforded for debut records, Superorganism never sound showy or arrogant. Never forced or contrived. Nothing about their wonky pop is cynically replicated to shift units or hit suit and tie targets.

In the soon to be iconic Orono, Superorganism have bottled lightning; an almost nonchalant focus point for the raging neon extravaganza exploding around her. ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ is as bogglingly brilliant as it sounded first time around, ‘The Prawn Song’ bubbles with undersea adventure, while closer ‘Night Time’ is alight with euphoric fireworks.

In 2018’s pantheon of debuts, there will be few as exciting as this - and precisely zero that stand up to direct comparison. Expanding their live-in London HQ into a self-sustaining ecosystem full of life, Superorganism is catching with little sign of recovery. Sick leave is going to be great. Stephen Ackroyd

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