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Premiere: “Shape Up!” MP3

May 14, 2010

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.