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Superorganism: Aggressively Weird


>>With 8 members from three countries, few groups are as far-flung and diverse as Superorganism. On their self-titled debut, they bring a sound as eclectic as their membership.

The Good:

If you liked the manic randomness of Joywave or Animal Collective, you’ll feel right at home with Superorganism. Their sound is based on upbeat electro-pop, but there’s so much more to it. Harmonies? Easy. Flaming Lips-style synth notes, overwhelming the song for a beat or two? Done. Unprompted bass boost that makes you think you just blew your speakers? It’s all here. Even the simpler tracks on the album feel like two or three songs put together, somehow complex without being discordant. There’s so much here, and it all works.

Special credit for holding all these influences together goes to the vocals. Orono Noguchi, at seventeen years old, is the glue that makes this band work. Her dreamy melodies give your ear something familiar to cling to when everything else is going crazy. That consistent sound turns everything else into an accent and makes it all flow.

Of course, none of this would work if it were mixed poorly. Luckily, Superorganism seems to have a minor deity running their studio. From the bass-heavy rhythms to melodies of pure treble, nothing overwhelms anything else unless it’s really meant to. The tone of each instrument remains perfectly smooth, nothing comes out piercing or grating. This album could be used as an example for anyone looking to get into audio production - this is what music should sound like.

The Bad:

No matter how good the mix is, though, some things are going to come out weird. Superorganism may have a stellar grasp on how to make dissonance work well, but no one can really make four car horns come together to form a coherent breakdown. There are a few times when the band just gets too ambitious, they try to go too far into weird noise. When I first listened through this album, I thought there had been a car accident outside, cops were driving by, my speakers had blown, and my roommate had forgotten his keys and was trying to break the door down - within ten minutes. Weird and crazy can work very well, and it does on much of the album, but there’s such a thing as too much.

Review:

Superorganism has put together a genre to match their name. A little bit of everything, all brought together into one whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. It’s auditory shock and awe - it’s so much, all at once, that all you can do it sit back and enjoy it. 4.4/5 <<

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