This London-based collective has always made sweet music by emailing electronic files back and forth, while also scouring royalty-free sound effects websites for inspo. And when their debut single Something for Your M.I.N.D. (2017) went viral, jaded musical palates the world over were refreshed.
A sound collage of endorsements for Superorganism – including one from Sir Elton John – wink cheekily midway through opener Black Hole Baby, with its repeated “Welcome back” hook borrowed from ‘70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter’s theme. “Am I insane or is it now the normal way?/ Reason’s out, just hope and pray/ And switch off ‘til it goes away” – is speak-singer Orono Noguchi reading our minds, in real time, during Superorganism’s latest single On & On?
Elsewhere: purposeful, T. Rex-inspired drum beats underscore Teenager’s schoolyard-taunt chorus; standout track It’s Raining (feat. Stephen Malkmus and Dylan Cartlidge) sees Superorganism flying closer to The Avalanches than ever before (there’s even a whinnying horse sample, à la Frontier Psychiatrist); and Oh Come On concludes with a ‘pop’ that sounds suspiciously like plucking the inside of your cheek with your pointer finger.
Do Superorganism retain the qualities that made them so immediately appealing – sing-songy hooks, eclectic soundbites, Noguchi’s insouciant vocal delivery – on album number two? Absolutely. Plus, the group’s attention to instrumental detail throughout World Wide Pop – those triangle plinks burst from Solar System like they’re punctuating ‘a-ha’ moments! – further enhances their trademark glitchy, cut-and-paste aesthetic. “The latest craze, can’t relate…” – if you don’t understand them, you’re not in their league. Superorganism sound like a sizzle reel of all the cool parties you were never invited to.
World Wide Pop by Superorganism is out July 15, including on JB-exclusive light blue vinyl with green splatter (pictured above), via Domino.