Superorganism - 'World Wide Pop'

7/10

When Superorganism introduced themselves with their breakthrough debut LP in 2018, it was greeted as one of the most adventurous and original releases of that year. With the then eight-piece outfit all living under one roof in East London, it was seen as the outpouring of innovation that comes from spending every waking minute with each other. But now looking to refine what they started with, the now five-piece collective have made their eagerly-awaited return to deliver their sophomore studio album 'World Wide Pop', a record that looks to broaden their horizons this time around.

The most glaring difference between this and 'Superoragnism' is the inclusion of high-profile collaborations littered throughout. With the ever-impressive Stuart Price lending his production skills to a number of offerings, as well as Pavement's Stephen Malkmus, Dylan Cartlidge, Pi Ja Ma, and many more appearing on numerous cuts, 'World Wide Pop' aims to become their most diverse release yet. But with so much outside influence around them this time, it feels like it has lost some of that unexpected flair in exchange for more confident moments, which has its pros and cons no matter how you spin it.

It may have taken four years for them to deliver 'World Wide Pop', but Superorganism feel more smoothed out as a result. Although its more outlandish and experimental textures have been trimmed back, there is still a fun and enjoyable flow to their newest collection, keeping up their fresh and powerful allure throughout.

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