ALBUM ‘INTERNATIONAL’ OUT JUNE 9TH
LONDON SHOWS ANNOUNCED
“Outlines are blurred between post-punk, rave and a very modern psychedelia; brushing between textures and emotions with skilful subtlety” – The Fly
“Infectious” – Dazed
“High quality, immersive, hypnotic music that surrounds and envelopes you” – Loud & Quiet
“Highly original” – NME
Lust For Youth have unveiled a Silent Servant remix of their album-title track ‘International’. The recently released LP is was out on June 9th via Sacred Bones Records & the Copenhagen-based trio are set to play at The Shacklewell Arms in London on July 2nd amongst a string of other EU dates.
American born Juan Mendez aka. Silent Servant has reworked Lust For Youth's original track to create a song that is perfect for the impending summer days. Laid back & charming, it's a wonderfully alluring slice of electro-pop. ‘International (Silent Servant Remix)’ will be featured on the ‘International’ Remixes EP, which is available as a download when you buy an LP copy of the album or the deluxe digital version of the album.
To put it bluntly, Lust For Youth’s ‘International’ is unrecognisable as a Lust For Youth record on first listen. Frontman Hannes Norrvide’s previous solo albums under the Lust for Youth moniker have been described as “dark, cold, atonal, tormented, lonely, and lower than lo-fi.” The approach on ‘International’ has shifted dramatically. Writing as a three-piece now, with longtime live collaborator Loke Rahbek and new band member Malthe Fischer, who produces and plays guitar, LFY have entered a completely new territory. The result is stunning. ‘International’ is a buoyant synth masterpiece in the vein of early Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and New Order. Norrvide’s work has always had pop sensibilities buried deep in the reverb, but the hooks are front and center on International, and there is nothing lo-fi about it.
That is not to say the record is without substance. There are still some deeply introspective moments as well, notably the instrumental passages ‘Ultras’ and ‘Basorexia’, which evoke the morning-after loneliness that a lot of earlier LFY work has explored. According to Rahbek, “the record sort of happened by chance. Hannes and I had talked about recording some stuff together for the fun of it, and Malthe offered to help us record. Initially, we were just going to do a song or two for the fun of it, but within a few weeks it was obvious that it was a combination that worked. Malthe went from recording to joining within the first few days and we made the whole thing over the last half-year, drinking gin and tonics everyday in the studio. The period was strange, terrible things happened in everyone’s life outside of the studio, so as a result many hours were spent in the studio, like a safe zone.”
“As the title indicates,” Rahbek adds, “the record deals with the rootless, sometimes almost inhuman, nature of traveling and touring. Hotel rooms and strangers' beds, drugs and clubs, and the impossibility of living a regular life.” It may be an irregular life, but nothing could suit them better; International is Norrvide’s magnum opus, and with Fischer’s production and Rahbek’s co-writing skills, the potential this band has always shown has been gloriously realised.
‘International’ is available on CD and LP (white vinyl in the UK and EU only), and the LP comes with a download remix EP featuring reworks of LFY tracks by Marshstepper, Silent Servant, TotalControl, Helm & Cult of Youth amongst others. The digital remix EP will also be available as a deluxe digital version of the album.
See Lust For Youth live:
1st Jul Rough Trade (instore), London UK
2nd Jul Shacklewell Arms, London UK
9th Aug ‘Wasn’t Born to Follow’ Pumpehuset, Copenhagen DK