Superorganism by Superorganism
And now for something completely different. Superorganism, based in London but scattered across the globe, is a band that represents the late 2010s better than any other. According to Wikipedia, the band formed as a result of lead singer Orono Noguchi finding another band, The Eversons, in her YouTube recommendations. She sought The Eversons out while they were touring Japan and she was visiting there in the summer of 2015, and they became friends mainly through bonding over their shared interest of internet memes. Seriously.
Also, Noguchi only graduated from high school in 2017, at 17, and she relocated to shack up with the band in London. The creative output of the band became their debut album, and what an album it is. Back to wikipedia, under the section “Artistry”, it says “They create original internet-age electronically-tinged indie pop music.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
These songs are full of ear worms and digital ephemera. It’s video-game overtones are well appreciated by myself as well as my 10-year-old son. He’s grown to tolerate the music I ask the family to listen to all the time but when he chooses to add something he’s hearing to his own running playlist, I know I’m onto something. The video-gameness of the songs extends into the videos the band has created as well. In addition to the one above, for “Everybody Wants to be Famous,” check out these other instant classics:
- The Prawn King
- Night Time
- Reflections on the Screen
- Something for your M.I.N.D.
- Nobody Cares
- It’s All Good
It’s albums like this that assure me my tastes aren’t all “dad rock.” This album is alive with energy, and it’s a joy to listen to. I hope you agree.
19. Living in Extraordinary Times by James
20. Thank You for Today by Death Cab for Cutie
21. Black Panther: The Album by Kendrick Lamar
22. Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) by Thom Yorke
23. Merrie Land by The Good, the Bad & the Queen
24. Room 25 by Noname
25. WARM by Jeff Tweedy
26. God's Favorite Customer by Father John Misty
27. Vessel by Frankie Cosmos
28. For Ever by Jungle
29. Twerp Verse by Speedy Ortiz
30. Remain in Light by Angélique Kidjo
31. This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet by Moonface