Optica

Optica

by Shout Out Louds
     
 

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Ever since the energetic thrill ride of their debut album Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, Shout Out Louds have applied a coat of icy polish to each successive album, pasting over some of the wild-eyed desperation with a more measured yet no less emotional approach. Released in 2010, Work almost took it too far, with the

Overview

Ever since the energetic thrill ride of their debut album Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, Shout Out Louds have applied a coat of icy polish to each successive album, pasting over some of the wild-eyed desperation with a more measured yet no less emotional approach. Released in 2010, Work almost took it too far, with the Phil Ek production verging on bland. For 2013's album Optica, the bandmembers took over the production themselves, and while it's not as lively as their debut, the sound is much punchier and sounds more like the logical follow-up to Our Ill Wills than Work does. The songs are stronger too, with more variety and some bouncy tracks to break the gloomy mood the band seemed stuck in previously. Along with this, there are plenty of nice touches that make the sound come to life -- the chirpy flutes on the very catchy "Walking in Your Footsteps," the super cute backing vocals on "Glasgow," the shuffling disco tempo and percussion on "Illusions," the super cheesy synths on the otherwise very chilly Bebban Stenborg-sung "Hermila." For anyone who may be worried that Shout Out Louds may have sorted out all their problems and are all happy and well-adjusted, there are some heavy midtempo heartbreak ballads (like "Where You Come In," "Circles," and "Blue Ice") on hand to balance out the slivers of sunshine. Honestly, even the happy-sounding songs are pretty melancholy at their core. It's a trick the Cure were always able to pull off, and Shout Out Louds have learned it well. The album-opening "Sugar" conjures up very strong impressions of the Cure and may be the best song here. Thanks to the production, the overall strength of the songs, and the quietly intense energy the bandmembers put into their performances (not forgetting Adam Olenius' typically impressive lead vocals), Optica is a welcome return to form and solidifies Shout Out Louds' position as one of the best indie pop bands of their era.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
Label:
Merge Records
UPC:
0673855046020
catalogNumber:
50460
Rank:
100140

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Performance Credits

Shout Out Louds   Primary Artist
Eric Edman   Percussion,Drums
Ted Malmros   Bass,Vocals
Adam Olenius   Vocals
Bebban Stenborg   Keyboards,Vocals
Carl von Arbin   Vocals

Technical Credits

Staffan Findin   Additional Music
Shout Out Louds   Composer,Producer
Asha Ali   Additional Music
Pelle Ekerstam   String Arrangements
Adam Olenius   Composer,Lyricist,Art Direction
Bebban Stenborg   Composer,Lyricist
Carl von Arbin   Art Direction,Sleeve Photo
Lars Skoglund   Additional Music
Andreas Gidlund   Additional Music
Nisse Tornqvist   Additional Music
Hanna Ekstrom   Additional Music
Anders Åkered   Additional Music
Johannes Berglund   Producer,Additional Music
Mikael Häggström   Additional Music
Mikael Sörensen   Additional Music
Ida Freij   Additional Music

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