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Lust For Youth, Perfect View
(Sacred Bones Records)

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



6/13/2013 - Swedish producer Hannes Norrvide is this one-man ambient enterprise, his specialty a distinctive pub-noise-level talk-singing over whatever swirly industrial/Nintendo loops capture his attention. The ’80s are vividly reborn, sort of, with the cheesy throwback Motels keyboards on “Breaking Silence,” but as the LP moves along, Norrvide exposes a Gary Numan fetish, characterized by “Cars”-era Weird Science synths on “Another Day” and the Martian-goth industrial sounds of the title track and “Vibrant Brother.”  The songs are fascinating little earbud-trips, really, but there’s little hand-holding for straights — the overall takeaway is the sense that you’re marching through an alien mothership for processing. Obviously fans of Battles could chill to this, but this isn’t your daddy’s ambient drone either; there’s plenty of layered darkness for your head to navigate (“Image” recalls early Cure infused with haunted-house electro ideas. B






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