Pop band showcases beauty through simplicity

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Superorganism is a new indie pop band that just released its first self-titled album in March 2017.

Let’s start with the obvious. Superorganism’s self-titled album is weird, and to be honest, at first I did not like it.

When I first heard the album, the unabashed poppiness of the sound turned me off. I felt it was too simple. On a second listen, it became my favorite album of the year.

This album’s beauty is in its simplicity. Superorganism wants to have fun making music, and they want you to have fun as a listener nothing more.

I wish I could end the review here. This album is fun. Period. Listen to it.

The album sounds like the soundtrack of Juno and Beck had an illustrious love child.

I don’t know if you can transmit addictive qualities through headphones, but calling Superorganism infectious is, in a world of hyperbole, the largest under-exaggeration of the year.

Superorganism is the collaboration of eight band members from six different countries aged 17 to 32, and it shows.

Each song is alive almost in a Pink Floyd sense with the sounds of bubbling, gurgling, clanking and other nonmelodic sounds inserted in.

The band operates almost as if a collaboration. One band member will think of something they want to do and each band member will add a bit of themselves to it until it becomes this wild piece that no one person could have thought of.

This leads to a completely unique sound.

In a culture that is recycling the top artists of the last decade, this is not another Fall Out Boy album.

Even on the bleakest days, if “Something for Your M.I.N.D” does not get you bouncing in your seat, then it is time to go have a talk to your counselor.

Listening to the album’s single, “Everybody Wants to be Famous,” which is the audio equivalent to opening a bag of chips. If you can just listen once and be done, you have a stronger will than I do.

As with the band being so fresh and brand new, some tracks can get awkward to listen to at times, such as the extended vocal distortion in the song “Reflections on My Screen” and the breakdown in the middle of “Nai’s March.”

It isn’t flawless or as refined as the big studio albums. Its flaws make it unique, and I can not wait to see what this band has coming in the future.

Superorganism is best listened to on a long drive. The album is new and refreshing and definitely worth listening in to. Especially if you are the person who wants to be into what’s coming into style as opposed to what’s going out.

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)