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Club 8
Strangely Beautiful
Hidden Agenda

After an LP called Spring Came, Rain Fell... and an EP called Summer Songs, the latest outing for beloved Swedish soft-pop sweethearts Club 8 has (if they're thinking seasonally in sequential fashion) probably got something to do with the moods of autumn. Amidst such distant, diffused sunshine, and the fall of leaves, and the rise of romance, and the gentle cool of nights, Club 8's pair of lovers-in-love-yeah nestle deeply amongst the musical melancholy they've tended to over recent seasons. The "Club" part of their moniker now seems as knowingly ironic as the titling of Johan Angergård's other gig, wussy acoustic crooners Acid House Kings. Club 8's fifth album, and third in just over two years, Strangely Beautiful makes this just-past eight-season span seem like a distinct movement in the duo's "career." It leaves behind the bright and shiny pop of their first two discs (Nouvelle and The Friend I Once Had) and settles into a more moodily-lit mode, which, eventually, has led them all the way down the garden path to the cleared-out clearing this disc snuggles up in, with its falling leaves and pining hearts depicted through muted tones, painted with what we could call an autumnal palette. Sounding, on opening, a little more '80s-toned, too, the gear soon nestles into the softest of soft-pop — less twee than before, more soft-hearted and opaque — with bashful beats and tissuey synth-tone and glissando guitar floating about like dust swimming in a stream of sunlight flooding through a high window, such sound afloat on the caprice of the gentlest indoor breezes, almost cultivating an air of "ambience," if you're still allowed to say that word aloud. Keeping with such, Karolina Komestedt's vocals seem ever breathier, each passing season — each passing song, even — finding her wishing to whisper every single sentimental sentiment like she's imparting some precious secret.

by Anthony Carew

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