Exclusive Club 8 Premiere: “Shape Up!” MP3

Band Featured in Spring Issue of Under the Radar

May 14, 2010
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It's no secret that we adore Club 8 here at UTR. We even featured them in our latest issue. Karolina Komstedt (vocalist, lyricist), Johan Angergård (songwriter) were excellent interview subjects, but their musical conversations with producer Jari Haapalainen (The Concretes, Camera Obscura, Ed Harcourt) are even more appealing. Their seventh album of anorak-pop, The People's Record, bounces over Brazilian beats and tropical fanfare. Even the group's usual dreaminess is tempered by a hired Cuban percussionist.

We heard (and saw) the video for "Western Hospitality" last week. Today, we have the great privilege to premiere "Shape Up!" to our readers. The LP's third track continues the couple's time signature-defying aesthetic with a West African-styled horn jam. Komstedt’s mellow voice is pitch-perfect here as it swoops into each dip of the beat or gets caught up in the balmy updraft created by Angergård's clear guitar lines. The People's Record streets May 18 via Labrador. Dance the weekend away.

Listen to and download the track in our Media section here.

(www.myspace.com/club8)



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scottm_usadj
May 16th 2010
11:19am

Hooking up with wonderproducer Jari, this album is the bomb!  First Marching Band’s latest kicks some of the twee out and now he does the same for Club 8 in a big way—he is on a roll in 2010.  This will be on many end-of-the-year best lists for sure—-feels like the sequel to Kirsty MacColl’s (R.I.P) “Tropical Brainstorm” married to Vampire Weekend.   

As with Amanda Jenssen’s latest (with “Rebounder”), my favorite track has to be the off-the-wall hoedown “We’re All Going to Die”.  Brilliant stuff!