This ‘The Legends’ article was written by Lynsey Handscomb, a GIGsoup contributor
The new album from Stockholm based band The Legends (aka Johan Angergård) ‘It’s Love’ is a beautifully combined dreamscape. The band have created a unique assortment of songs that ooze calm, yet a comparison drawn with Röyksopp is probably unavoidable.
There are genuine highlights throughout this impressive release. It begins with ‘Keep Him’, which eases you into their world with its subtle guitar riff and popping drum beat. The vocals float over the top full of eerie echoes making it the perfect opener to this wonderful collection of music. Fans of The Album Leaf and Air will already be nodding in appreciation. ‘Something Left To Die For’, has a very sombre melody that pulses and builds underneath the laidback vocals until it reaches a climax of swooping eighties’ synths. One of the more dance-based songs, you can really see this track being exploited for its remix potential.
‘Love You’ (the shortest song on the album at only 1 minute 50) is the only area that disappoints. It’s instantly forgettable and therefore fails to stick in the memory.
The finale comes in the form of ‘Winter Is The Warmest Season’. It surprises and slightly changes direction with a soft female vocal that is the perfect addition to the track’s slightly more up tempo beat. The guitar is gorgeously catchy but the track end abruptly just as things are beginning to warm up.
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The music on ‘It’s Love’, although very similar in style and execution, melt together to create the absolute antidote to a hectic life. This short yet extremely well written album certainly can’t be placed into a particular genre (much to the band’s pleasure) as one song undulates dreamily into another until, quite before you’re ready to let go, the album is over. But thankfully there is of course the replay button.
‘It’s Love’ is out now on Cascine. The full track-listing for the album is…
‘Smoke and Mirrors’
‘Something Left To Die For’
‘The Great Unknown’
‘All About Us’
‘Wainter Is the Warmest Season’