Release Date: Nov 20, 2015
Record label: Labrador
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop
After making the most musically diverse album of their long career with 2013's Above the City, Club 8 return with possibly their most focused. On 2015's Pleasure, the duo of Johan Angergård and Karolina Komstedt stick to a synth-heavy approach, drawing from classic synth pop and icy Euro-disco to craft a slick and melancholy sound that suits the lyrics about love, sex, and jealousy. The more uptempo, dancefloor-ready songs like "Late Nights" and "Movement" balance the chilly, restrained ballads ("Love Dies," "Jealousy Remains") nicely, and they do the sleek machine disco thing really well, especially on the very Sally Shapiro-esque "Hush.
Swedish indie pop pioneers Club 8 celebrated 20 years as a musical couple (which included several years as an actual couple) in 2015. That experience and chemistry are easy to track on the veteran band's release of Pleasure, a new eight-song LP that Johan Angergård called the band's "most focused work to date." .
No-one could accuse Johan Angergård of being a workshy fop. In the past two decades he’s had a hand in 21 albums. He probably sleeps with his eyes open sat upright at a Baby Grand should divine inspiration steal him from his slumbers. Following the slow jamz n’ silk pyjamas of the Legend’s It’s Love and the vivacious, electric smack of Eternal Death’s self-titled debut, Pleasure becomes Angergård’s third album this year.
Ok, I’m not sure how many times I can say “Club 8 have released yet another excellent record” but there you go. It’s more of that low-key electro pop but this one’s a little different, got into my brain a little bit more and I found myself playing it over and over. After one play I could’ve blown it off (or simply dismissed it as another strong Club 8 record) but the scratches and grooves kept worming their way into my head.