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LISTEN: Lust For Youth - Armida
Laurie Tuffrey , May 21st, 2014 12:48

Ace glacial, strident pop from upcoming LP International

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Lust For Youth are readying their third album International for release on June 9 via Sacred Bones Records, and have just unveiled a new track, 'Armida'. It finds the band's leader, Hannes Norrvide, and his newly-expanded line-up of Loke Rahbek and Malthe Fischer joined by vocalist Soho Rezanejad for a luminous mix of sheeny synths and metallic drum machine clanking, making for one of the best pop tracks so far this year, edged with some necessary sternness and a fitting sampler of a record that reflects (take a look at that title) Norrvide's growing ambitions.

They'll be heading to these shores for an in-store at Rough Trade East on July 1, followed by a gig at the Shacklewell Arms on July 2. For now, listen above, pre-order here and check out 'Epoetin Alfa' and 'Illume' below:

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May 22, 2014 2:52pm

Uh oh. This is why the word "ambition" is always a red flag for me. I listened to Perfect View quite a bit and loved the scruffy, Mom's-basement New Order vibes of it, but I am hearing a totally different "band" with these songs. It's one thing for a band to grow musically or for them to clean up the fidelity a bit, but quite another to go from endearingly durable home-hewn recordings to glossy, anonymous stuff that seems a sure bet to open for M83 or Lorde or fuck-knows-what in an arena full of supermodels and Euro-bros at some point in 2015.

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