Have you listened to the Shout Out Louds‘ latest album, Optica? Being that the album was released at the tail end of February, we aren’t going to deny that we were caught sleeping. But now that we’re awake, you can’t get us to turn this album off–no way, no how. The Swedish band’s fourth album, Optica is gloriously feel good float into a sunset of 80’s nostalgia.
Rarely do we honestly praise an album for being a good listen all the way through. Optica is good from front to back, back to front. The band is adept at manifesting sugary dreamscapes that somehow maintain a hard edge–even tunes like the aggressively titled “Burn” embody this so-called dual concept of candy and poison. “Chasing the Sinking Sun” is a summer anthem waiting to happen while the following track, “Circles”, finds the band conjuring a sound that resembles an early Velvet Underground.
We could go about listing every nuance of every track, but we rather use these next few words to beseech you: Get the fucking album or regret it for the rest of your dying day. The end.
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