Superorganism arrived as a band like few other groups following the attention garnered by their first release, the first song they wrote as a band, “Something For Your M.I.N.D.” The arrival included speculation the band was a project of some indie-legend making an anonymous comeback. Their self-titled debut album was released March 2 and the band is currently on its supporting tour.
“They said we were actually The Avalanches or Damon Albarn – which is so flattering because I grew up listening to those artists. It’s like, ‘You think we’re that good? We feel like we’re hacks!'” Harry Young ( who handles writing, producing, and guitar-playing duties) told BBC.
Fueling that speculation was the lack of information about the band online, which Superorganism said was partly because they weren’t sure what the band was, themselves.
The band released two more singles in 2017, “Nobody Cares” and “It’s All Good.” The group made their television debut on …Later With Jools Holland, and played their opening show to more than 500 people.
The project came together over the Internet, as some of its members got to know one another through previous projects. Which is how they got together with lead singer Orono, a seventeen-year-old Maine high school student.
Orono was visiting family in Japan, and happened upon a show with a band she discovered through Youtube, The Eversions. The band was made up of Superorganism’s Harry Young, Emily Turner, Tucan Shann, and Robert Strange. The group became friends and stayed connected through social media. The band has members from Japan, South Korea, UK, New Zealand, and Australia, ranging in age from 17 to 32 years of age.
In the group’s early stages they sent a garage band track to Orono, who sent it back almost immediately with vocals.
“Within an hour of her getting the track, she sent it back and the lyrics and the vocal are what you hear,” said Harry of the band’s first song, “Something For Your M.I.N.D”.
“I like doing it over text and the internet because you get to, like, think about it,” Orono told the BBC in the same interview. The internet is just a fundamental of the band. Most of us know each other through the internet, we came together over the internet, and so we work over the internet.”
Orono joined the band in London following her high school graduation to record the album, and the band is now on their supporting tour.
Psychedelic Dance Pop
Initially what would become Superorganism was meant to be just a recording project. So members would be able to send tracks, lyrics, or ideas to one another, and collaborate remotely. Although, not long after the release of their debut single they were approached by Domino Records and it became a full-time project. The members moved into a London apartment (with the exception of Seoul who does background vocals, background dancing, background musician, and who resides in Sydney, Australia), to record the album. The apartment becoming a collaborative “pop-production” house, with different recording elements going on in each room.
Superorganism is an entire production, the members create all the band’s videos and artwork, and their live shows are accompanied by a dance and visual art performance.
With the band’s open free-love you-are-who-you-are demeanor, coupled with the way the came together, they are an example of all that is positive from the interconnected millennial Internet culture. The band and album exude a kind of philosophy that manifests in psychedelic dance-pop drawn from a quirky and chaotic collection of so
Though, despite being a perfect example of the internet working properly, they do delve into some of the darker, negative elements of the Web and society.
Like many reviews have suggested, Superorganism is just, like, totally cool. And they have a propensity for making things that are corny, odd, overly-sentimental etc., seem irretrievably cool and rebellious.
The album opens with a deep, computer-generated voice (which recurs throughout the song) wishing lead singer Orono “good morning,” and closes with “Night Time.” Beginning with “It’s All Good,” lyrically the album maintains consistent themes throughout the track listing. The band criticizes and celebrates the culture that facilitated their existence as a band while inserting their own philosophy.
Superorganism avoids the caged thing loving its cage cliche in this way while adding weight to their super-interconnectivity-free-love-you-do-you attitude.
Like the majority of the album, the lyrics of the song are relatively simple but still manage to be insightful. “Are you aware? Are you alone with the taste/Of architectures falling from my acid haste,” is one of their more impressive efforts.
“Superorganism” is filled with ridiculously catchy hooks, choruses, and harmonies, surrounded by a diverse collection of sounds. Songs like “Nobody Cares,” “Something For Your M.I.N.D,” “Everybody Wants To Be Famous.” Colored with yawns, crunches, sneezes, “heys,” children laughing, birds chirping, water being sloshed around a bucket, etc. All of which are integrated seamlessly into the rhythm and beat of the song, or used in a Beatle-esque way like on “Relax.”
Essentially, Superorganism is making quality pop music. Most of which contains a high level of production quality unmatched by its repetitive lyrical themes and phrases. Which Superorganism avoids without sacrificing one nasty hook. “Everybody Wants To Be Famous,” is very similar to a song like M.I.A’s “Paper Planes” – – catchy, danceable, mean hook, even has the cha-ching – – but ends up being its antithesis. Dismissing the self-aggrandizing, boss-talk entirely.