stream new lp from shout out louds 'optica'


On the subject of Swedish nu wavers (see today’s Mary Onettes post), the Shout Out Louds will released their fourth album Optica next week.

2007’s Our Ill Wills was charming with its chiming guitars and Adam Olenius’ Robert Smith like yelp. With 2010’s Work, so titled to indicate their graduation to full-time musicians, all that charm was stripped away and replaced with heavy handed self importance. Seems much like the Mary Onettes, they’ve learned their lesson and returned to what made them so likeable in the first place. Take “Illusions” which packs a massive sing-along chorus:

Lead single “Follow In Your Footsteps” is even more pop with a bouncing bassline and the rare, totally excellent flute part:

If you’re liking where this is headed, stream the whole album thanks to npr. Optica arrives via Merge February 26.

Optica tracklist:

  1. Sugar
  2. Illusions
  3. Blue Ice
  4. 14th Of July
  5. Burn
  6. Walking In Your Footsteps
  7. Glasgow
  8. Where You Come In
  9. Hermila
  10. Chasing The Sinking Sun
  11. Circles
  12. Destroy

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