‘It’s All Good’ opens up the track listing, greeting us with a “Good morning” as the album seemingly wakes up with the aptly named upbeat opening track. Alarm bells can be heard as the forecast warns that the weather today is “dark”. Lead singer Orono Noguchi gives a light and breathy vocal performance, fitting well with the song as she sings with as much energy as someone who has just been woken up. The instrumentation falls the same way with the effect added to the guitars making them also sound like they’ve just woken up, or are running out of batteries. A busy chorus of multiple voices chiming together to sing “It’s all good” rounds off the track and makes for a decent opener.
Fast forward to the final track on the album and you see it’s entitled ‘Night Time’, signalling a day’s passing. The final sounds of this energetic closer feature alarm clocks ringing out and a voice telling you to “wake up, wake up, wake up” adds a decent touch to the finale of the album and signals the album has come full circle as the day is starting again.
If anything, the international collective’s debut is an induction day, or some sort of overly long taster session that drags on way past bedtime. It’s, at best, a day in the life of a strung-together, earworm-infested hive mind that you’d only really expect belonging to a group that watched their first single go viral before all members had even met face-to-face. Superorganism has all the charm of its music-forum dreamteam, sure, but not much else.
The album does feature some great stand-alone tracks scattered across its ten songs. ‘Reflections on the Screen’ shows off the band’s usual blend of reverb and synths mixed with Noguchi’s floaty vocals, and the penultimate track, ‘Relax’, is fun with a catchy chorus and works as a decent lead into the album’s final song. Also, ‘Nai’s March’ features some really interesting melodic ideas and has almost an 80s vibe to it. This song would be a favourite on the album if it weren’t for the constant watery, gloopy sound that becomes annoying and distracting in what otherwise is a wonderful song.
But aside from that, there aren’t really any other tunes that jump out as being a must-listen or worth revisiting on their own merit. It’s very easy in songs like ‘SPRORGNSM’ to hear great potential in the group’s craft, but there seems to be something lacking in the way of it having a positive lasting impression on the listener; in this case the song is too busy and difficult to move to.
Overall, this is a fair effort from a brand new, unique band. Their first full length album is crammed full of so many interesting and fresh ideas, and sometimes moments of joy and brilliance. Unfortunately, the album falls under its own weight and falls back on all its mismatched quirk to keep the listener’s pert interest.