Lust for Youth are a Danish three-piece from Copenhagen. They started life as a solo project for Hannes Norrvide but have since expanded into a trio. Their new album, Compassion provides a balearic-infused soundtrack to the city’s nights. The album includes their 2015 hit Better Looking Brother.
7/10 Jamie Staff review, 14 March 2016
Lust for Youth are a three-piece from Copenhagen. And, you know, a coldwave act never sounded so... well, so Balearic. It has a sort of hauntological feel which calls to mind late-80s New Order, particularly on "Technique". It's in that sort of synthpop tradition. Maybe they recorded this on a beach in San Antonio...
Whilst twinkling, sun-kissed Korg chords shimmer, Hannes' blissful/deadpan intonation, "I am complete, I am content..." is not exactly what you'd expect from the country that gave us the Scandi-Noir classic television series, The Bridge. A euro-electro-pop beat propels the second track and then we are back to the grey skies and rain-streaked neon of Manchester / Copenhagen on the third track, "Easy Window". The euro-chugger "Sudden Ambitions" is more A-ha than Crystal Castles. The Sumner and pals obsession continues - although this guy has a better voice - on "Better Looking Brother".
The deep squelch of a digitally mimicked 303 and tired sounding synths - oh, the ennui! - propel the otherwise slightly dull "Tokyo"; it's not exactly a fair representation of that great city in song format, I would suggest. This album probably would've sounded great, 25 years ago.
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