Copenhagen-based Lust For Youth, duo Hannes Norrvide and Malthe Fischer, return with their self-titled new album, which is set for release June 7th via Sacred Bones Records. With a sound that sits somewhere between New Order, Boxed In and yet also, some of the sounds that come from Soma Records, there is plenty going on with Lust For Youth. With a dance-pop agenda, which can often break into more reflective ballads, it’s often difficult to know where you’re at with a Lust For Youth track.
On their previous album, Compassion, the band explored euphoria and contemporary life with a wry wit. With this new album there is obviously some familiarity but there is also much that is different. Intricately produced often incorporating repetitive beats, the LP is not so affiliated on the euphoric noise, as synth-fused ballads. A thread of reflections upon the state of the world is artfully wound throughout the album, which is often lost through the detachment of Norrvide’s vocals.
Including a retro sound, and a monotonal vocal, it’s understandable to confuse this for an album already released, particularly as there are so many clear influences, notably Joy Division and New Order. Lust For Youth sadly doesn’t feel like a re-invigoration of music, yet a doting love for the music long gone. There is nothing wrong with that of course, just don’t have high expectations for this album or this band perhaps. Opening track New Balance Point establishes this, as we hear the droning vocals for the first time. Venus De Milo takes them back to more euphoric times, with the hypnotic synth underscoring. Great Concerns reminds me of the Pet Shop Boys with a tone of Depeche Mode, if nothing this album reminds me of great bands I’ve not listened to for certainly more than a few years.
Adrift builds to more of an Indie euphoria but certainly takes the album to a synth-pop bar, whereas Imola reaches new synth heights, culminating a much more industrial sound. Atmospheric, suspenseful, it’s perhaps the stand out track on this album. By No Means is the album’s concluding track and perhaps my statement on the record if you were to ask if it’s impactful and lasting. Certainly enjoyable, in that nostalgic, eighties synth-noise fashion, there is nothing more to this album that renders it a great listen, I would look to someone like Errors if I was looking for euphoric synth on a further plane.
Lust For Youth is out today, on Sacred Bones.