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Superorganism - World Wide Pop (Album Review)

Friday, 15 July 2022 Written by Craig Howieson

Photo: Jack Bridgland

Disruption can be a powerful tool. When fighting, bargaining or toeing the line fail to get you noticed, the ability to shake up the status quo can be illuminating. Superorganism’s 2018 debut had that quality, upending expectations of what an indie-pop band might seek to achieve.

In fact, the record’s conformity-baiting meld of jangly indie, wonky jazz and clashes of electronica were such a curveball that, for a while, some doubted the band’s very existence, choosing to believe instead they were some form of industry experiment rather than unknown musicians operating a transatlantic pop project from a house in east London.

Now, four years on, having dispelled the rumours, the band return with ‘World Wide Pop’. Doubling down on the musical collage approach of their debut, Superorganism continue to throw paint at the walls, creating something unexpected and unique at each turn. 

The album as a whole pings and zooms like an arcade game, never resting in the same place for too long for fear of rooting itself in barren ground..

The bratty electro pop-punk of Teenager thumbs its nose at convention as smooth pop hooks are smashed against child-like vocal chants. Elsewhere, On And On, with its T-Shirt tanned summer vibes, will be a playlist staple, even if its lyrical content belies its sunny nature: “It wouldn’t die, even when I tried / And it goes on and on.” 

Both rock and pop royalty crop up on ‘World Wide Pop’ alongside a host of other friends and collaborators. That a project has space for both Stephen Malkmus and Gen Hoshino alike shows not only the breadth of the group's ambition, but also the high regard in which they are held. 

Featuring Hoshino, Into The Sun is perhaps the perfect summation of their finest qualities. Rolling in like a mid ‘90s slacker jam, it morphs into a futuristic waltz as womps of synth provide the perfect backdrop to a rumination on the fleeting nature of time.

Comparisons are somewhat hard to draw for ‘World Wide Pop’ but with the energy of the Go Team!, the patchwork ingenuity of Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett and the blissfully distorted Casio tones of Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? one thing can be assured: Superorganism’s second record is pop music at the highest level. It’s something for the songwriting connoisseur as well as the opportunistic dancer, and a welcome disruption amid the malaise.

Superorganism Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Fri July 15 2022 - LONDON Rough Trade East
Sat July 16 2022 - BRIGHTON Resident
Sun July 17 2022 - PORTSMOUTH Pie And Vinyl
Mon July 18 2022 - NOTTINGHAM Rough Trade
Tue July 19 2022 - LEEDS Jumbo
Wed July 20 2022 - KINGSTON Pryzm
Fri September 16 2022 - BRIGHTON Chalk
Sat September 17 2022 - LEEDS Belgrave Music Hall
Sun September 18 2022 - GLASGOW SWG3 Warehouse
Tue September 20 2022 - MANCHESTER Gorilla
Wed September 21 2022 - LONDON Scala

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