Superorganism have been announced for an indoor show at The Academy on Thursday October 18th.

The band are playing Forbidden Fruit festival in June but this is their first non-festival headline show.

Tickets priced €18.50 inclusive of booking fee go on sale at 10am this Friday, 13th April via Ticketmaster.

Check out our interview with the band.

Posted on April 10th, 2018

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Iceland Airwaves have announced the first 28 acts from over ten countries for their 20th-anniversary edition of the festival that takes place from November 7th to 10th across the city of Reykjavík in Iceland.

International acts include:

  • Fontaines D.C
  • Girlhood
  • Girl Ray
  • Jade Bird
  • Jockstrap
  • Mavi Phoenix
  • Naaz
  • The Orielles
  • Sassy 009
  • Scarlet Pleasure
  • Soccer Mommy
  • Superorganism
  • Tommy Cash

Icelandic artists:

  • Agent Fresco
  • Audur
  • Between Mountains
  • Bríet
  • Cyber
  • Hugar
  • Júníus Meyvant
  • Kiriyama Family
  • Rythmatik
  • Snorri Helgason
  • Sykur
  • Úlfur Úlfur
  • Una Stef
  • Vladimar
  • Warmland

Early bird tickets are now on sale now priced at €122/14,900 ISK. International packages are also available.

Posted on March 26th, 2018

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When people were asked 20 years ago what they thought music would sound like and how it would be written in 2018, I’m pretty sure they would have replied with a vague description of Superorganism – and they wouldn’t have been far wrong.

Superorganism are an eight-piece art-pop band who formed in early 2017 consisting of members from England, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Up until a few months ago, the whole band had never formally met each other in person. As of September 2017, they all live in one house together in East London that doubles up as a 24-hour studio (you thought your neighbours were noisy?). The house is situated near the Walthamstow Marshes, where they go for long walks in their spare time. “It’s really nice to get out and just clear your head there sometimes” says Harry, calling from said house in London.

Superorganism’s formation didn’t exactly follow conventional norms. The lead singer, Orono, is a 17-year-old Japanese school girl who met some of the other members while they were on tour in her native town of Maine (five of them used to be in a band called The Eversons). After establishing an online friendship and learning that she could sing, they invited her to sing on a demo they were working on called ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’, for a new original project.

‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ saw  release in February 2017 via SoundCloud. Within days blogs from all over the world were writing about it. The song’s streaming count soared and emails from labels and managers began appearing in the band’s inbox. Speculations about who the band were and where they had come from ranged from a Gorillaz side project to the band being composed of robots. The reality was perhaps even stranger.

Harry describes Superorganism’s music as “eccentric pop – it’s definitely pop music, even if it is a little bit weirder than what’s in the charts at the moment”. It certainly is. The instruments in ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ range from a Moog bass to an apple (crunched, if you will). Orono wrote and recorded the lyrics into GarageBand in 30 minutes and emailed them back to the other members. It’s the chorus that guaranteed the song’s success. The hook is snappy and irresistible, jerking to a complete standstill when you least expect it to. The first time that I listened to the song I thought that my earphones were broken.

The internet has been an integral part to both Superorganism’s formation and writing process. When I ask Harry whether living together and being able to write music together in real time has changed their songwriting style, surprisingly, he says that it hasn’t.

“It’s not changed a whole lot to be honest, we’re all still working in our own different bedrooms,” says Harry. “I might start a song idea and send it over to Emily’s room, who might put a keyboard on it, and then she’ll send it down to Orono in her room who’ll add some lyrics.”.

Living together has sped up the writing process significantly as they don’t have to work around time-zone differences. The band write around the clock now – they wrote a lot more songs than they needed for their forthcoming album.

“We’re kind of on this creative roll that isn’t really finished yet”,  is how Harry puts it.

I recently stumbled across a live video of the band performing the song acoustically at EuroSonic in Groningen. All eight of them are perched on the ground in a circle with Orono at the centre and Harry to her left. Percussion is provided by (literal) apple crunching and ground tapping, and everybody chimes in with backing vocals in the chorus’. The video looks like a scene that you would happen upon in a campsite on the last day of a music festival –  a group of people with glitter on their faces sitting around a tent playing songs.

Superorganism’s music videos are just as outlandish as the songs are. Band member Robert creates them himself, “from the start, he’s had pretty strong aesthetic ideas with what we do”. When the band first formed, they made a Whatsapp group which they used as a mood-board to exchange pictures, videos and other visuals as inspiration for what Superorganism’s aesthetic would be.

The progression of their image has been very natural and collaborative. The video for ‘Nobody Cares’ was inspired by a painting that Orono did of her father walking away from her in a yellow raincoat at a music festival.

In turn, the band decided that they would all wear raincoats on stage, “this is the cool thing when you’ve got eight people in a band. It just takes on person to plant a small seed, and then someone else can water that a bit and grow it into this tree. That’s been the process for a lot of what we do really.”

The video for ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’ saw release in January and tackles the speculations surrounding Orono’s identity (online music forums made cases for her being a hologram). “People thought that we were a bunch of celebrities putting this together, and that Orono was a fake name… the truth ended up being a lot more mundane,” Harry laughs.

The video is a diverse mix of static, colourful visuals including scenes of Orono getting her nails painted in a park, flying cats, washing machines and spaceships. Take note for the next time you’re trying to dispel any silly rumours about yourself.

The multifaceted band’s debut album Superorganism is set to be released on Friday on Domino Records. For most of the writing process, Orono was still living in Maine and fellow band member Seoul was living in Sydney (the album was finished before they all ever met each other in person).

The writing process was very organic – when it comes to creating a cohesive body of work, Harry says that its best to switch the analytical side of your brain off, “too much self-analysis will corrupt the creative process”.

The album includes an eclectic mix of songs ranging from melancholy ballads to uptempo, “surreal” pop songs. Harry hopes that the album will act as a foundation for them to build upon in the future, in that the diversity of the music will allow them to pick and choose which direction they want to go in afterwards, “we want the Superorganism world to be constantly expanding and growing”.

Superorganism certainly represent a new archetype for the modern-day band. If they continue to expand and grow at the pace that they are at the moment, their success could prompt a significant rise in the popularity of online collaborative music writing.

As we near the end of the phone-call, I ask Harry, given their success in a relatively short space of time, what he thinks is the factor that has made Superorganism’s music resonate with so many people. After a contemplative pause, he answers “In a way, we’re all outsiders. None of us are that rooted, geographically or culturally, in any particular place, which means that we’ve all got this perspective that’s quite international. It doesn’t have boundaries or tribalism connected to it”.

Many members of the band relocated several times at a young age; Harry was born in England but moved  when he young, Emily was born in Australia and moved to New Zealand, while Orono was born in Japan but moved to America. “We’re not part of a movement or a sound, we’re just our own little tribe. We have a broad perspective and open mind to what we consume, so what we put back out is… well it’s whatever the listener wants it to be, really” he claims. He describes their music as “culturally baseless”, which he believes makes it accessible to people from all over the world.

Additionally, and perhaps crucially, Superorganism’s music is uplifting. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it doesn’t attempt to tackle any major political matters. Lana Del Rey said in an interview once that it is an artist’s duty to document and respond to political stimulus in their music. Yet, sometimes we are so engrossed in the lyrical and musical significance of a song that we forgot how to enjoy music for the sake of music. Just because a song doesn’t tackle a major cultural issue, doesn’t render it nugatory. The fact that Superorganism surfaced when they did was a small miracle; the world has been crying out for some fresh, effervescent music that they can dance to for months – whether they know it or not.

Superorganism play Forbidden Fruit this June.

Posted on February 28th, 2018

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.

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Berlin-based Peggy Gou is a DJ and producer who has been steadily building her profile over the last couple of years.

It was ‘Gou Talk’ and subsequent high-profile building DJ slots at the likes of Dekmantel that helped in that regard.

Gou has a new EP coming on Ninja Tune on March 2nd on Ninja Tune and ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’ is a polychromatic piece of electronic house music infused with summer shimmers and tropical vistas. Gou also sings quite capably in Korean.

The Once EP is released on March 2nd and she plays District 8 on February 23rd.


Dear Annie, Rejjie Snow’s long awaited debut album finally gets a release on February 16th and he’s released two EPs featuring 8 tracks from it so far (for some reason). ‘Egyptian Luvr is a smooth jam. He plays the Olympia on March 12th.


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Superorganism — Everybody Wants to Be Famous

London-based eight-member pop crew Superorganism show off their off-kilter electronic pop with their second big single. An album comes out on Domino on March 2nd.


4.

David Byrne — Everybody’s Coming To My House

David Byrne will release his first solo album since 2004 on March 9th and it’s called American Utopia. He has made albums with Eno, St. Vincent and Karl Hyde, but it’s his first solo album. It’s produced by The xx cohort Rodaidh McDonald and features guests, Jack Peñate, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jam City and Thomas Bartlett,  and its choreographed live shows to come, Byrne has suggested are “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

Talk about expectations. ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ is Byrne at his best – melding acoustic textures, brass and Afrobeat textures with his trademark pop songwriting.


Kendrick is curating Marvel’s Black Panther movie soundtrack and ‘All The Stars’ is our first offering from it. So that’s both creators of album number 1 and 2 of 2017’s best albums collaborating (they are on the same label). SZA outshines Kendrick on this – her honey-dripped voice beholden with power is very suitable for a superhero movie. Kendrick can’t compete.


Cardi B adds some Salt’n’Pepa ’90s shake to a highlight from Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. Bruno didn’t deserve to win all the Grammys but that and the incredulous statements from the President Neil Portnow after doesn’t affect this song’s jam status.


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Marcus Marr — High Times

One of DFA Records’ new artists released one of the best tunes of 2016 with ‘Rocketship’, an electro-robot funk track that brought the Londoner to the attention of many a DJ. His recent single ‘High Times’ goes for a more minimal aesthetic, sounding like a French Touch Daft-Punk-esque house track trying to stay under the radar while remaining under the skin.


The Go! Team are back with a new album Semicircle, which is a return to their exuberant indie jams. And it works. The bandleader Ian Parton travelled across the US and recorded young choirs and brass bands and they add to the genuine schoolyard buzz of the record. ‘ If There’s One Thing You Should Know’ is a giddy highlight from it.


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Lone — Temples

Lone releases Ambivert Tools Volume Three this month, the latest in series of EPs that have been worthy listens and ‘Temples’ is an abmivert jungle-tastic acid banger.


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Young Fathers — In My View

Young Fathers seem immune anyone outside their clique, operating as a gang who were more interested in offering genuine healing through music that crosses rap, gospel and lo-fi sonics. ‘In My View’ is another idiosyncratic uplifting gem from these outliers, but if there’s anything obvious from their new material, it’s an increasing softness and directness that wasn’t present on their first two records. Their new album Cocoa Sugar is out in March.


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Posted on February 2nd, 2018

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It’s time to look to the future.

January is all about renewal and looking forward so with that in mind here are 18 acts from around the globe who we reckon will be on your playlist rotation this year. Some you may know, but our criteria is based on picking acts you won’t see in other lists or new acts we already love and support.

Listen to the Spotify playlist

Last year’s list.


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Superorganism

Eight-piece electro pop group

Signed to Domino Records, Superorganism is made up of eight musicians from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, seven of which now calling London home in the same house. Their electro-pop sound is making waves around the world with the latest track ‘Everyone Wants to Be Famous’ already clocking up over three hundred thousand views on YouTube since it’s release three weeks ago. Their debut album is out on March 2nd and you can catch them at Forbidden Fruit festival this year.


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Tribal Dance

Dublin math-rock revival

Dublin-based band Tribal Dance is made up of Adam Smyth, Stephen Dowling and Leo Clarke, formed with the explicit desire to play live shows. Their first and only release so far, ‘Flongo’, sent out waves of excitement, relying on intricate guitar notes, garage-rock vocals and interlocked percussion. Math-rock has returned to the Irish music scene.


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Billie Eilish

Pop music with an adolocent attitude

Californian born 16-year-old Billie Eilish’s debut track ‘Ocean Eyes’ was written and produced with her brother Finneas O’Connell when she was only 13. It was originally posted on Soundcloud with the intent to show it to her dance teacher and class, within two weeks the track hit 1 million views. Her debut EP don’t smile at me came out on Interscope Records last year and embodies her moody teenager aesthetic. Ruth Cronin called her style ‘petulant pop’.


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IDER

Harmonic electro-pop duo

London-based duo Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville or IDER signed to Glassnote Records last year. With singles such as ‘Nevermind’ and ‘Learn To Let Go’ they have encapsulated a sweet electro-pop sound for themselves with majestic harmonies. They made their Irish gig debut at Electric Picnic last year. You can catch them at Rich Mix, London next month.


5.

Parcels

Australian synth-poppers

Australian five-piece synth-pop group Parcels were discovered by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter at a gig in Paris, he then went on to co-produce their debut single ‘Overnight’ which has reached over 15 million streams on Spotify. They play an impressive 25 sold out shows around the world this year. They were due to play Body and Soul last but due to technical difficulties Ireland are still waiting on a gig.

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Pink Kink

Neon-pop five-piece

Liverpool-based five-piece band Pink Kink spent last year touring with Pussy Riot. They released two infectious wordy neon-pop singles last year ‘Bubblebutt’ and ‘Munchie Magic’.


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Posted on January 22nd, 2018

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The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team.

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David Byrne – Everybody’s Coming To My House

As suggested last week, David Byrne will release his first solo album since 2004 on March 9th and it’s called American Utopia. He has made albums with Eno, St. Vincent and Karl Hyde, it’s his first solo album. It’s produced by The xx cohort Rodaidh McDonald and features guests, Jack Peñate, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jam City and Thomas Bartlett,  and its choreographed live shows to come, Byrne has suggested are “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

Talk about expectations. ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ is Byrne at his best – melding acoustic textures, brass and Afrobeat textures with his trademark pop songwriting.


2.

Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses (Charli XCX x Post Precious remix)

A highlight from Wolf Alice last year gets a reworked electro-pop version from pop auteur Charli XCX. The song’s ode to young love and it’s “what if he’s not meant for me?” hook is wisely reinforced with new tones here.


3.

Kendrick Lamar x SZA – All The Stars

Kendrick is curating Marvel’s Black Panther movie soundtrack and ‘All The Stars’ is our first offering from it. So that’s both creators of album number 1 and 2 of 2017’s best albums collaborating (they are on the same label). SZA outshines Kendrick on this – her honey-dripped voice beholden with power is very suitable for a superhero movie. Kendrick can’t compete.


4.

Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) (Feat. Cardi B)

Cardi B adds some Salt’n’Pepa ’90s shake to a highlight from Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. Props also for the 60fps video.


5.

Superorganism – Everybody Wants To Be Famous

London-based eight-member pop crew Superorganism show off their off-kilter electronic pop with their second big single. An album comes out on Domino on March 2nd.


6.

Rosie Carney – K

Donegal singer-songwriter Rosie Carney dropped a fine and faithful cover of a Cigarettes After Sex song written about lust and desire for a new partner on the Lower East Side.


7.

Reykjavíkurdætur – Hvao er Malio

Icelandic ice-queen rap collective Daughters of Reykjavík are always welcome around here, regardless of what they’re rapping about – the driinks menu? Either way, it bumps.


8.

Fischerspoooner – Togetherness feat. Caroline Polachek

The wandering Electro-clash Casey Fischerspooner returns with a fine electronic pop song featuring former Chairlift singer.


9.

Charli XCX – Backseat (Feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)

Charli XCX strikes again. December is a terrible time to release anything but Charli doesn’t give a fuck and dropped Pop 2 mixtape that kicks off with this M83 style banger.


Posted on January 9th, 2018

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BBC’s Later with Jools Holland aired its last live episode of the season and it featured appearances from Amadou & Miriam, Superorganism, Aimee Mann, Dua Lipa and Noel Gallagher.

Superorganism (my new artists of the week) & Amadou & Miriam were my standout performances of the night.

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Posted on November 1st, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.

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Fort Romeau – ‘Emu’

An absolute electronic monster from Fort Romeau on Running Back. ‘Emu’ is the 6-minute lead off track from the release and it moves from propulsive mechanical synth dance to siren-building constructions. It sounds great in a club as I confirmed at Lumo this weekend.


‘Day I Die’ is a highlight among many on Sleep Well Beast, which may well be The National’s most interesting and rewarding album yet. It’s a song that echoes the rest of the album’s themes – the difficulties of being in a long-term relationship (somewhat complicated by the fact that Matt Berninger’s wife co-wrote the words).


Mount Kimbie’s new album Love What Survives finds them moving away from post-dubstep towards kraut and electronic textures. I love this instrumental that falls somewhere between the middle with cheap car horn sounds, noise rock and intertwining synth lines.


Every time I listen to this, It confirms my gut feeling that Dermot Kennedy is going to be absolutely huge.


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LCD Soundsystem – ‘Other Voices’

My current favourite from James Murphy’s American Dream. Their 3-night residency in Dublin’s Olympia confirms the vitality of a reformed band that ironically make their reputation from being jaded. Murphy is the ultimate micromanager, changing bass amp settings, loosening the cymbal and memorably, scrubbing out a song with a black marker on every member of the band’s setlist.


Maximalist Irish electronica with dark shades from a Hard Working Class Heroes highlight for many.


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IDER – ‘Learn To let Go’

London duo recently signed to Glassnote making sweet comforting Maggie Rogers-esque pop.


Just great rock’n’roll with a Dublin accent.


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Lilla Vargen – ‘Hold On’

The Northern Irish artist has since been developing her music with the support of Cork label Feel Good Lost. The just-released Hold On is the first public sign of that development, an emotionally resonant song written produced by Nick Raynor with a delicate chorus line.


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New Jackson feat. Margie Lewis – There Will Always Be This Love

A post From Night To Night track from Permanent Vacation’s new 10th anniversary collaboration.


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Posted on October 4th, 2017

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The Nialler9 weekly Spotify playlist is updated every week with new music selections (and the odd timely classic). It’s designed to be a shorterm more digestable version of the The larger rolling three-month New Music Playlist,, the Irish specific playlist , my DJ chart list and the monthly best of.

This week’s playlist contains new music from XL boss Richard Russell’s new Everything Is Recorded project featuring Sampha and a Curtis Mayfield sample, the return of Florida’s Hundred Waters,Icelandic rap from Ulfur Ulfur, rising new producer crew Superorganism, new songs from !!!, Mac DeMarco, Yumi And The Weather, Niia, Asgeir, Aldous Harding, Bibio and Little Simz; new Irish music from New Jackson, Ships, Kojaque, Le Boom as remixed by Mix & Fairbanks along with a classic track from Steely Dan.

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Posted on May 15th, 2017

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