17 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hannes Norrvide started Lust for Youth in 2009, making dark, blood-stoppingly cold electronic music that had inarguable allure. Joined by musician Loke Rahbek, the Swedish duo continued their foray into formidable industrial music. But after relocating to Denmark and adding new band member Malthe Fisher (who produces), their sound streamlined into something resembling the specterly soul of New Order and Joy Division dressed in Depeche Mode finery. And it’s brilliant. International follows the vibe of their previous (and first really accessible) work, Perfect View, with an impressive collection that's dance-worthy, haunting, melancholic, and beautiful. Reverbed, anvil-and-hammer percussion and thick, bouncing bass notes and synths drive songs like “Epoetin Alpha” and “Illume,” tunes well-steeped in the moody petulance that permeated early-‘80s (mostly British) alt-pop. English lyrics help, though some Swedish spoken word and singing is scattered throughout International (it's called International, you know). There are even hooky choruses that belie the group’s true pop heart (though the sparkle of “New Boys” makes it even harder to obscure).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hannes Norrvide started Lust for Youth in 2009, making dark, blood-stoppingly cold electronic music that had inarguable allure. Joined by musician Loke Rahbek, the Swedish duo continued their foray into formidable industrial music. But after relocating to Denmark and adding new band member Malthe Fisher (who produces), their sound streamlined into something resembling the specterly soul of New Order and Joy Division dressed in Depeche Mode finery. And it’s brilliant. International follows the vibe of their previous (and first really accessible) work, Perfect View, with an impressive collection that's dance-worthy, haunting, melancholic, and beautiful. Reverbed, anvil-and-hammer percussion and thick, bouncing bass notes and synths drive songs like “Epoetin Alpha” and “Illume,” tunes well-steeped in the moody petulance that permeated early-‘80s (mostly British) alt-pop. English lyrics help, though some Swedish spoken word and singing is scattered throughout International (it's called International, you know). There are even hooky choruses that belie the group’s true pop heart (though the sparkle of “New Boys” makes it even harder to obscure).

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Ratings and Reviews

jyo_tirmaya

So cool!

This is the kind of music that I like to listen to. Derivative of the new-wave, goth-pop synths of those the likes of The Cure, Cold Cave, Horrors and Dum Dum Girls. I am so glad someone is still making this kind of music as I thought it was a lost art for awhile there...

About Lust for Youth

Lust for Youth is the solo vehicle of Swedish electronic musician Hannes Norrvide. The project began in 2009 in Gothenburg, Sweden at a collective venue/practice space when Norrvide's friends were starting up a punk band. He was inspired to join in, but he only had access to a somewhat useless toy keyboard, so due to the limitations of his instrument, he opted instead to make music alone. The early experiments of Lust for Youth were raw, primitive, and drony. Norrvide worked on the project tirelessly, releasing several cassette albums and miscellaneous 7" singles before the release of 2011's proper full-length, Solar Flare, on the Italian label Avant! Records. At this point Lust for Youth had grown from its hazy beginnings into a tormented darkwave sound, minimal electronics, and gothic beats that bordered on harsh noise. Loke Rahbek of Sexdrome joined Hannes in collaboration following the release of the record, and the duo played shows throughout Europe. In 2012 the harsh and dissonant Growing Seeds album materialized, released again on Avant! in Europe and on Sacred Bones in the United States. Around that time the band relocated from Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark. They followed in 2013 with third album Perfect View, again released on Sacred Bones. For the following year's International, Norrvide continued the dark synth pop direction of Perfect View, polishing and streamlining it with the help of producer Malthe Fischer and collaborator Rahbek. The trio returned in 2016 with Compassion, a set of songs that took their music in an even more epic, danceable direction. ~ Fred Thomas

ORIGIN
Gothenburg, Sweden
FORMED
2009

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