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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Kleerup Album Is Pretty Awesome

It's been a highly gloomy June this year in Los Angeles, the likes of which I haven't seen since my first summer here in 1999. Some days the sun comes out by the afternoon, some it doesn't come out at all.

And so, while running errands yesterday, Swede producer Kleerup's self-titled album seemed to provide the perfect soundtrack while driving through the overcast city. It's a sad collection of moody electronic tracks featuring guest singers such as Lykke Li, Marit Bergman and Linda Sunblad. But there are a few happy pop moments ("On My Own Again," which Kleerup himself sings on).

As for the melancholy qualities, the press release mentions that a lot of the album was recorded while Andreas Kleerup was in a rehab center after suffering both "a massive emotional breakup and a massive emotional breakdown."

That said, overall, it's quickly rising up my extremely short list of 2009's truly great albums. Definitely grab this one.

Kleerup's debut set is coming out Stateside on Astralwerks, the EMI/Capitol imprint that released Kylie Minogue's X and Pet Shop Boys' Yes here. The release date is July 28.

One intereresting thing to note: While "With Every Heartbeat," his hit collaboration with Robyn (and Chart Rigger's annointed Best Pop Single Of 2007), is included, "Lay Me Down," the song he produced for Cyndi Lauper's Bring Ya To The Brink is here as mostly an instrumental—and it's been retitled "Thank You For Nothing." Hmmm.

Anyway, here's the vid for first single "Longing For Lullabies," which features Neneh Cherry's sister Titiyo on vocals:

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  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger Brad said…

    Rumor has it "Thank You For Nothing" is a bitchy response to the fact that the vocal track wasn't cleared for use on his own album.

    It seems unlike Cyndi to do that, but hey, the label might have been responsible too...

  • At 1:44 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I've been semi curious about Kleerup for a minute now, so this definitely persuades me to take a closer listen!

    I'm really curiuos what's in your extremely short list of hot 09 releases!

  • At 2:52 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Brad, I kind of gathered. I can't see why Cyndi herself would be against having it used, so maybe it was indeed the label for whatever reason...?

    Joshua, so far it's just this, PSB and Lily Allen, as far as albums go.

  • At 11:46 PM, Blogger rcLoy said…

    For me, Until We Bleed ft Lykke Li is like the Part 2 of With Every Hearbeat. Love it.

  • At 7:35 AM, Anonymous ...And...It...Hurts...With...Every...Heartbeat... said…

    You definitely sold me on buying this. I can't wait until July 28! You remember how much "With Every Heartbeat" was THE JAM.

    Let's not forget, divas, that although we love her, Ms. L has been guilty in the past of more than 12 deadly cyns...,maybe she was still pissed about the acoustics, or the fact that Bring Ya To The Brink went corpse.

  • At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Shirtless Wonder said…

    I am usually the LAST person to ever suggest this, but "Longing For Lullabies" would sound FANTASTIC if it got a dance-heavy remix so it had the driving force of "With Every Heartbeat."

  • At 7:25 AM, Blogger undisco_me said…

    Well Cyndi curiously doesn't thank him on her CD - she mentions everyone else.

    She told Attitude that she has no business sense about how to 'elevate' herself is perhaps how to put it: I can totally imagine her thinking it was a bad idea to spread the value of this track onto someone else's disc, yet ironically it would have been good for her - another label who might have been excited to release it and make a video for it.

    Further fuel, Cyndi did not once perform this track on her recent tour - I wanted to badly to shout for Lay Me Down but was in such awe of her that I didn't want to piss her off.

    I like the Linda Sundblad track, I can feel some of her rnb tinges rubbing off on it - her tracks can be a bit bland but this is another solid addition to both their catalogue.

    I'm not sold on Lullabies - it's not devastating enough if that sounds right. Still nice though.

  • At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Talia said…

    I can't remember where, but I did actually read recently that he denied the Cyndi angst. It might in fact have been the last Attitude.

    The album seemed to get pretty rubbish reviews in UK media though. I love it, particularly 3AM and the brooding On My Own Again


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