Lust for Youth, “Epoetin Alfa”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 03.27.14 in Listen to This

Hannes Norrvide’s previous work as Lust for Youth had a sort of charming, bedroom-depressive quality to them — the sound of one sad boy turning the lights off and singing his troubles to his monophonic Casio. As fetching as it was, there was also a sense of limitation in its smallness — it was more like a goth tchotchke than a serious undertaking. Well, no more: the first single from the forthcoming International is a stunner, a pulsing black celebration that puts Norrvide’s pouting voice front and center and surrounds it with the kind of imposing synths found on early ’80s Mute records. With its steady pulse and cardiogram guitar lines, it feels like a weird inversion of “Enjoy the Silence,” one where the message of hope has been flipped to become one of cold desperation.