Lust for Youth – Growing Seeds

Come; enter the world of Hannes Norrvide for the second time. If you liked ‘Solar Flare’, then the chanced are you will enjoy ‘Growing Seeds’ but I think this is a good place to start too if you are unfamiliar with Lust for Youth.
‘Growing Seeds’ is cold, grainy and minimal from start to finish. The synths throughout this album are suitably lo-fidelity and the riffs have enough power to hold your attention with a mechanical, gloomy energy. The drum tracks are strait forward throughout, but effective nevertheless. There are some interesting textures on here and the gothic, almost new-romantic energy on here is well written and developed.
‘Champagne’ has a bright synth feature and is even pretty at times. The vocals are a distant echo, at times plaintive and anxious but at others robust and sincere. This album is full of the energy of early industrial music (not quite Throbbing Gristle level obviously) and NDW. Norrivde’s repetitious lyrics contribute to this and help generate a dreamy, but grey and drab soundscape akin to the work of Cabaret Voltaire.
‘Cover their faces’ is marching and heavy and in my opinion benefits from a more exciting drum track that patters and crashes in the background as heavy, sawing synth breaks over the track. Increasingly I find that the vocals have a greater role in the music – on initial listens they seemed a little superfluous but they actively help to characterise the music and give it a little more definition. If there were no vocals this album would be a challenging listen for someone unfamiliar with the kind of sounds and ethos on here. ‘Cover their faces’ has a bolder sound though and it feels more confident and driven. ‘Always Changing’ is more complex, the short, higher pitched melody is a nice lift; I wish ‘Lust for Youth’ dropped more of those moments in because they are an excellent feature but where they feature they certainly are good.
On ‘Modern Life’ Norrvide’s vocals become a pained yowl (‘modern life, dreaming of you’), the synths are thicker and heavily textured. ‘We Got Lust’ is the star on this album in my opinion. The drum track and synth riffs make a solid groove and there is plenty going on; I feel that is what ‘Lust for Youth’ is about musically. The brighter sounds juxtaposed with the heavier, textured synth almost make for a danceable track. ‘Neon Lights Appear’ keeps up with ‘We Got Lust’ by having a similar level of energy and drive.
This is a nice album overall, but it is a little too minimal at times. There are occasions when Norrvide drops in some extra sounds or features and it immediately makes the music more interesting and developed yet he seems reluctant to put more of these in; the vocals are actually really cool and I would liked to hear more of them. However, it’s a slick release, I just hope this gets toured.
‘Growing Seeds’ came out on 13th November through AVANT! Records.

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