Liima is effectively a side-project of Efterklang, in which the members of the beloved Scandinavian group make the kind of music that Efterklang would never make. EG, nostalgic full-bore eighties synth-pop! 1982 engages with memories of childhood, identity and technology, all within a structure of big bright electronic pop songcraft. Released by City Slang.
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It's all about the 80s these days and anyone who is anyone is leaping on the bandwagon. We know about John Maus, and even Ought and now these three members of Efterklang. It's all big synths and 'serious' vocals. You know the thing, Jon & Vangelis meets Gary Numan.
There's a couple of things making me continue with this, one is that Grizzly Bear hero Chris Taylor is on production duties and secondly that it actually, you know, sounds quite good at times. The opening title track is as strong as you are going to get. A ploughing, churning slab of synth heaven with a chorus to match anything Tears for Fears produced. Also good is 'David Copperfield' which utilises the synth sweeps from Double's 'Captain of Your Heart' and just when you think the song is going into a Future Islands - like cul-de-sac it sweeps upwards into a Mew-like soundscape.
It's a slow burn listen. A lot of the tracks seemingly go nowhere for ages, then the band bring something in that's quite memorable - you have to bear with it at times and forgive it's driftiness and lack of focus. Rewards are there but at times it's just the same limp 80's fetishes that we've been putting up with for the last five years or so. Still, if you want more music to feel nostalgic about watching Ted Rogers to, here it is.
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