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Album review: Superorganism – Superorganism

PUBLISHED: 17:32 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:32 27 February 2018

Superorganism

Superorganism

Archant

Astute pop wizardry in this debut LP from one of the bands of the moment.

With a combined 32 limbs at their disposal, the eight-piece east London-based band behind the moniker are a superorganism indeed.

It’s a wonder this debut record ever got made with that many egos and ideas to contend with, yet Superorganism is a compelling and startlingly self-assured set of off-kilter, wonky electwrongica punches that mostly land on target.

The record oozes technicolour fun – throwing in Orono Noguchi’s breathy, laissez-faire delivery (think a slightly more affected Courtney Barnett) with the band’s knack for earworm riffs and motifs, a pervasive hard, rubbery bounce and penchant for squelchy synths and sound effects.

The hugely catchy Everybody Wants To Be Famous is currently doing the rounds on the airwaves, a timely and satisfyingly dour look on the world of celebrity, and deserving follow-up to the laid-back and laconic Something For Your M.I.N.D.

Night Time’s funky flow and ‘90s throwback breakbeat drums is the best of the rest, which proffers more vintage synths, poppy hooks and 8-bit arcade game effects at every turn.

Given that this is self-produced, written and recorded in their house-cum-studio HQ, Superorganism is a heroically accomplished, kaleidoscopic kick; here’s hoping they’ve got enough legs.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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