Release Date: Jan 31, 2012
Record label: Chrysalis Records
Arriving on the scene the same time as Alphabeat introduced their Disney-ish bubblegum pop to the world, Copenhagen duo the Asteroids Galaxy Tour's equally carefree 2008 debut, Fruit, suggested there was something in the Danish waters. Just like the "Fascination" hitmakers, vocalist Mette Lindberg and producer Lars Iversen have ignored any "serious artist" temptations for their follow-up, and instead have continued to pursue an even more playful and kaleidoscopic approach, on 14 tracks bursting to the seams with irresistible melodies, flower power hooks, and an effervescent carnival atmosphere. Firmly ensconced in the sounds of the '60s, the kitsch dream pop of "Mafia," the swirling indie disco of "Heart Attack," and the slinky, alternative James Bond theme, "Cloak & Dagger," show the duo are still enamoured with the Summer of Love, while the fusion of hip-hop beats, Southern soul, and Mark Ronson-esque horns on the utterly infectious "Dollars in the Night" and "Major" recall the high-spirited charm of their iPod-advertised hit "Around the Bend.
The Asteroids Galaxy TourOut of Frequency[BMG / Small Giants; 2012]By Erik Burg; February 2, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGFor what seems like the longest time now, I had always seen the name The Asteroids Galaxy Tour floating around the web. One of those instances where I knew they were a "thing," knew people enjoyed them enough, but had never really taken the time to listen to them myself. Not a bias thing by any means, but ignorance by way of my busy music tastes.
Danceable chaos on record is often the result of a reclusive in a studio far, far away, which is all too familiar to anyone who has ever picked up an album by Nine Inch Nails. In the case of Danish pop outfit The Asteroids Galaxy Tour — vocalist Mette Lindberg and producer Lars Iverson — delusions of grandeur became illusions of digital magic and multi-instrumentalists. Their sophomore effort, Out Of Frequency, is an otherworldly fantasy where disco isn’t dead, chipmunks evolved from Adele or the Dee-Lites, and an iPod Touch is your gateway drug to euphoria.
For the last decade, artists such as Robyn, Lykke Li, Annie and Fever Ray have redefined Scandinavian pop music. While all have different voices, they collectively have built on the proud pop traditions of Scandinavia that started with ABBA. Each of these artists has mainly incorporated electronic influences into her pop music. All have had sugary sweet pop hooks and melodies.