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Editors’ Notes

The '80s are alive and well in Sweden. Or at least that's what the Swedish indie poppers Shout Out Louds would have you believe on their 2013 album Optica. Synths, bombastic reverb, shoulder-padded beats, and grand vocal ensembles all recall that era in every way. "Illusions" spins out sleek pop that takes late-'70s disco thumps and ABBA-like catchiness and throws it out there like it's the early '80s finishing off the previous decade's achievements. "Blue Ice" swipes a Miami vibe with cool-breeze percussion and lounge-act electric piano. "14th of July" pumps up the volume for a dance floor–shaking tribute to, quite possibly, New Order. For all the deliberately garish and overdone arrangements here, the songwriting of frontman Adam Olenius gives the album a human touch that's as sincere as any acoustic singer/songwriter bemoaning his fate. The album is a bit of a Rorschach test; you'll pull out of it what your mind puts into it. "Forever" is a bonus track not available on the standard album.

Customer Reviews

Nice Job S.O.L!

Nice relaxing music to go along with meaningful lyrics. Shout Out Louds didn't disappoint on Optica. This is an album that would cheer you up even on your worst day.

Does not disappoint!

On first listen, I was a little turned off, nothing stood out to me. After repeated listens I find myself liking it better than "Work".

Definitely download:
1.) Hermila
2.) Glasgow
3.) Where You Come In.

Haha Woohoo!

I'm kind of disappointed that this album couldn't have 17 5/5 ratings. It's all feel good music.


Formed: 2001

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in Stockholm by childhood friends Adam Olenius (vocals), Ted Malmros (bass), and Carl von Arbin (guitars), Shout Out Louds found an international audience during the early 2000s with their peppy Swedish pop. The lineup began taking shape in 2001, with drummer Eric Edman and keyboardist Bebban Stenborg climbing aboard shortly thereafter. Shout Out Louds wasted little time writing songs, the first three of which formed the basis of their first demo tape. The music caught the ear of Filip Wilén,...
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