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Feeling the Love

Jun 08, 2015 The Legends
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When The Legends’ Johan Angergård turned 40, the wheels came off. It started with the end of a long-term relationship. Suddenly, his label Labrador Records (where he released a string of albums that included work from his other bands, Club 8, Acid House Kings, Pallers, and Eternal Death) didn’t hold the same shine. In the end, there wasn’t much left for the Swedish singer-songwriter to care about. He recalls the time as being incredibly disorienting.

“The things that kept me away from floating around and not being anyone, they’re sort of anchors,” Angergård explains. “It’s a very weird existence in a way, it’s like being really old, but still being in a position in life as if you were twenty years old. I feel like most people my age have a job and people know them at their jobs. They have a place in their working space. They have a function. If they don’t go to their work and fill the function, something is missing. So they can feel like they make a difference. That gives you a sense of belonging. I don’t feel like I belong to anything in that way.”

But this is a redemptive story. A few weeks after his abrupt unmooring, Angergård met someone new. (“If you really fall in love, you have to follow that emotion,” he says pragmatically. “There’s nothing you can do.”) A few months after that, his artistic side kicked back in. Suddenly, he was ready to talk. But rather than tap in to the collaborative power of any of his other projects, Angergård dusted off The Legends, his solo persona. In a rare burst of creative energy, songs began to take shape, often written and recorded over the course of a single day. It’s Love, his fourth Legends album, was completed in a matter of weeks.

When he last put out an album under the Legends’ name, 2009’s Over and Over, Angergård found himself obsessed with shoegaze static, which he liberally layered over a sea of churning electronic beats. This time, his inclinations skewed quiet. It’s Love is a hushed mediation on romance, played out over seven tracks build out slick synths and drum machines. There’s a hint of romantic head rush to his murmured lyrics (including the surprisingly sunny duet with Club 8’s Karolina Komstedt “Winter is the Warmest Season.”). But the album’s emotional snapshot is also ringed with pain. The longing. The loneliness. The confusion.

“It’s always a good thing, I guess,” muses Angergård on his current relationship views. “But when it’s love for a girlfriend or whatever, you also have darker emotions attached to it as well. Sometimes they become big, and sometimes they’re not there at all. It goes between very good, and not quite so good.”

At this Angergård laughs, careful to clarify that yes, he’s feeling somewhat optimistic these days. He just has a talent for lingering on the big, awkward truths. For better or worse it’s in his nature.

“Why can’t you just shut up and enjoy the moment?” he jokes. “I don’t know why it has to be difficult.”



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