New indie band Superorganism is making all the right noises.
The eight-piece collective has members hailing from Japan, Australia, England, New Zealand and South Korea. They are Orono “OJ” Noguchi on vocals, musicians Mark “Emily” Turner on synth/keys, Timothy “Tucan” Shann on drums, Blair “Robert Strange” Everson on visuals, Christopher “Harry” Young on guitar and mononymous named members Ruby, B, and Seoul on backing vocals. According to their profile, the band now lives together in a large East London flat that also doubles as a recording studio.
Anyway, each member brings something into the mix, whether it’s musical or technical related or just plain art. On their Wiki page, background dancing, painting and visual art are just as big contributions to the band as those who play the instruments and lay down the music. Orono and Robert are listed as the group’s designated painter and visual artist. Their work ended up as the band’s digital single artwork and is felt in the highly creative music video.
Our first encounter with the band was on FM’s Jam 88.3 feature. The song we heard is the 2018 release “Everybody Wants To Be Famous,” a trippy little piece both melodic and catchy. The mid-tempo number showcases the band’s electronic leanings and the use of quirky sounds (tweeting birds and cash register bells to name some).
But the spotlight eventually goes to Orono’s effortlessly crisp and clear vocals. Visually, too, 17-year old Orono sticks out. A young kid in a cluster of 20-30 somethings. But as vocals go, the kid can be likened to Bird and the Bees’ Inara George.
Superorganism has released four singles. The other three are “Something For Your M.I.N.D.” and the subsequent A/B side singles “It’s All Good” and “Nobody Cares.”
Their music reminds of ambient records of yesteryears. I for one hear a bit of Hope Sandoval in Orono (specifically on “It’s All Good”). But that’s just probably me. Call them alternative, chill or electronic. Chances are, they’re all words to describe how the band sounds. But what would be most appropriate label is synth-leaning-psychedelic – art-pop.
Check out Superorganism’s official music videos on YouTube, specifically their performance on the Jools Holland show on BBC 2. A mind shown is a mind blown.
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