Lust For Youth - 'Perfect View'
Solo Swede takes on King Herod’s wife and danceability
‘Perfect View’ is not, by most reasonable yardsticks, a shot at the mainstream, but it embraces notions of melody and danceability with considerably more warmth than his previous albums. ‘Found Love’, the album’s opener, coasts along on a pared-down drum-machine rhythm, a blissful electro keyboard pattern and a female voice, manipulated so you’re uncertain whether it’s crying or laughing. Vocals, when they appear, are the main element keeping LFY in the realms of the ‘difficult’: Norrvide tends to bark out his lyrics like a drill sergeant in a very echoey cave.
It works, though, as do many of his other curious artistic choices. He ventures into actual dance music for ‘Barcelona’. One source of inspiration for the album was a Swedish novel about King Herod’s wife, though this isn’t remotely obvious from the actual content. And dressing up like he’s going to an Oasis gig in 1997 for the cover photo… well, maybe Norrvide doesn’t pull that off. But more pertinently, he’s made an engrossing, highly original album with disarmingly simple tools.
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