London collective’s second album is a big, unrelenting alt-pop record which is never, ever boring It’s taken four years for Superorganism to follow up their debut self-titled album, and it’s not hard to see why. There’s a lot going on with World Wide Pop, and with the amount of samples and intricate cut-ups that make up the band’s second album, there must have been a fair amount of time spent in just creating the album’s sound. Superorganism’s back story is fascinating in itself.
Superorganism seemed to have arrived from another dimension in 2018 with their wacky, hyper-collagist self-titled debut, full of woozy hooks and splice-happy soundbites. Having famously never been in the same room together prior to its release (teenage lead singer Orono Noguchi contributed her parts from an apartment in Maine), the eight-person, London, UK-based collective had, perhaps by virtue of their separation, managed to put the entire internet into a cosmic blender, resulting in a psychotropic smoothie of warped pop fun that made a lot of waves at the time.
It was a lightning-in-a-bottle situation, and you can hear the band straining a bit to recreate it on the follow-up, World Wide Pop.
When Superorganism first started making noise on the indie scene back in 2017 and 2018 they were imagined as "the Internet's band," a group whose cut-and-paste indie pop, hyper-online references, and patchwork songwriting approach captured the era's manic online culture. After meeting and forming the band online, Superorganism began crafting their own maximalist approach to pop, writing songs via email before COVID would make that the norm for many bands. Yet, music culture moves fast and the Internet moves even faster.
The band achieved rapid success through the viral single "Something For Your M.I.N.D." and broke through the indie pop scene with their self-titled debut. Although their 2000s influences harkened back to acts like MGMT with plunderphonic samples reminiscent of The Avalanches, the diverse collective ….