AOTY 2020

Superorganism

Superorganism - Superorganism
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2018 Ratings: #498 / 830
User Score
Based on 535 ratings
2018 Ratings: #220
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Northern Transmissions
Well ahead of its time in terms of sound and the overall cinematic production, the whole record feels like the sonic equivalent to a movie. While it will take years to see how this album holds up, it feels revolutionary in its balance of boundary pushing and addictive pop.
100
Dork

In 2018’s pantheon of debuts, there will be few as exciting as this – and precisely zero that stand up to direct comparison.

91
Pretty Much Amazing
Superorganism have the confidence of a platinum artist and the simplicity of bedroom pop and the weird focus of that brief moment in the 90’s when bands like the Flaming Lips were getting massive record deals. They are also adorable.
90
Exclaim!

One of the most thoroughly exciting takes on pop music so far this year. Superorganism easily meets and exceeds the hype surrounding this talented group.

83
Consequence of Sound
This LP is loud, clanging, and communal, but also, in its own way, dreamlike. There’s something warped at the core of these songs, as if they’ve been yanked through some kind of wormhole and have reemerged into our world as aliens. And, for the most part, that makes for some fascinating listening.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Every single crash, bleep, smack and ring (insert other onomatopoeias here) is carefully placed with love, care and attention. In short, it’s a fascinating debut from a band that want to the push the boundaries of what pop can be.

80
AllMusic

Despite the somewhat cluttered and freewheeling exterior, it's clear that Superorganism know exactly what they are doing at all times, slicing and dicing like master chefs, then reassembling the bits and bobs of pop ephemera into a concoction that has a sugary kick sweeter and fizzier than an ice-cold cola.

80
Clash

With messages about pop culture intertwined into their pop music, Superorganism have created a collection of creative comment on the world around ‘em.

78
Pitchfork
Such a flexible approach to composition could have resulted in a sound that is closer to the smoldering chaos of free jazz than danceable indie pop. But Superorganism’s deliciously listenable debut album balances chaos with cohesion thanks to recurring musical motifs in the form of billowing guitar riffs, big choruses, and detuned synths, adorned by an ever-changing array of noises, samples, and effects.
76
Paste

The whole thing belongs on the same shelf as the audio patchworks of Odelay-era Beck, mid-period Flaming Lips’ lysergic showtunes, modern indie shoegaze, Mr. Oizo’s distorted synth-hop and whatever weird tape-warped stuff is cool right now. It’s a combo that’s harmlessly bizarre, hyper-current and highly listenable.

70
God Is in the TV
Bedroom-pop band Superorganism‘s self-titled debut release is likely to be the most zeitgeist and relevant record to be released this year.
70
musicOMH
Whether Superorganism are around for the long-term remains to be seen – they very much seem like the sort of band who’d briefly exist to capture the mood of the age before disappearing again – but this is a startling debut that pulls off the trick of sounding utterly disposable and simultaneously full of substance.
70
Under The Radar
They may not always nail their landing, but Superorganism at least max out their scores for creativity.
70
The Needle Drop
Though it could be more consistent and substantial, this debut album from Superorganism will probably go down as one of the year's most creative pop projects.
68
GIGsoup
There is a dangerous risk of this band evaporating into the web’s atmosphere but while they are in trend, it is best to enjoy it while it lasts.
60
The Skinny

Superorganism's self-titled debut album recalls the energy and fun of early-mid 00s electro indie pop but ultimately lacks in substance.

60
DIY
Excess and saturation can only get a band so far without a knowing wink to match, and at the moment, it’s that mischievous streak of personality that feels slightly absent.
60
The Guardian
They’re not always as adept at mixing the myriad of disparate elements into great pop music, and at times the relentless sonic trickery can seem gimmicky, either masking the lack of a killer tune or, more frustratingly, detracting from one. At best, though ... it’s sharp, clever, experimental, oddly charming contemporary pop.
60
NME
It often feels like an in-joke that we’re allowed in on.
40
No Ripcord

The album quickly loses itself into a tasteless, gimmicky wormhole of hideous sounds that grate the ears.

30
Loud and Quiet

Being ensconced in their own bubble, they’ve made an album to entertain themselves and themselves only, a series of musical selfies that are presumably as entertaining internally as they are irrelevant outside the walls of their shared house.

Toasterqueen12
89
Superorganism was one of my first dives of REALLY getting into music. I heard it on a plane on the 10th hour of the flight, it was under the "music" section. Boy was this sthe sound for sore ears. There is literally no better sound, than a glitch pop album surrounded by cheap indie folk.

I don't have an exact opinion on this. Somedays I love it, other days it tires me out. It's a shame I'll never recapture the experience of that first listen, but hey! Nobody Cares!
Muratka
92
The debut album of the worldwide band Superorganism is a 33-minute guided tour full of exotics and psychedelic items.

Superorganism provided an example of how you can become a full-fledged group, fulfill your dreams, even if in the first couples you are surrounded by only a group chat of 8 people. Although most of the participants lived in London, this prompted the start of a musical project.

The funny situation is that the demo of 'Something For Your M.I.N.D.' - the debut track of ... read more
knewnie
85
such a forward-thinking and inventive indietronica album, i'm still finding little quirks i haven't noticed after a year of listening. every song here is as inventive, hard-hitting, and extremely fun as the last. very excited to see what the group has in store in the coming years.

FAVORITE - Everybody Wants to Be Famous, Sporgnsm, Relax, Night Time
LEAST FAVORITE - Nai's March (if i had to pick)
liammenzies
66
I really can’t stress enough how charming a listen this album is - from the vocals that just sound utterly animated and soothing to the production which is as cheerful as it is bonkers but at times the band seem to let the project get away from them, tracks like The Prawn Song featuring some rather irritating and undeveloped instrumentals that often dampened my enjoyment of this self-titled debut. I can admit I’m super excited to see where Superorganism go next though as ... read more
regent
77
there are so many things happening in this album but it pretty much comes together. they are indeed a "quirky" band and it shines throughout their music.
superorganism are tagged with the genre 'glitch-pop' and that's fairly accurate, the whole monotonous tone of their frontwoman and the instrumentals make them sound like a broken computer (in a good way i suppose).
but coming back to their frontwoman, orono's singing can get a bit boring to listen to, or she just doesnt want to do ... read more
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Track List

  1. It’s All Good
  2. Everybody Wants to Be Famous
  3. Nobody Cares
  4. Reflections on the Screen
  5. Sprorgnsm
  6. Something for Your M.I.N.D.
  7. Nai’s March
  8. The Prawn Song
  9. Relax
  10. Night Time
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Added on: January 3, 2018