The Copenhagen, Denmark-based act Lust for Youth originally started out as the solo project of Hannes Norvide. And his solo releases have been described as “dark, cold atonal lonely, tormented” and even “lower than lo fi." 

However, with the addition of longtime collaborator Loke Rahbek and newest member producer and guitarist Malthe Fischer, Lust for Youth’s forthcoming album International is a deliberate and radical change in sonic direction. Propelled by ethereal synths and extremely precise drum programming, "Illume” the latest single off the band’s forthcoming album bears an uncanny resemblance to early Depeche Mode, the Pet Shop Boys and New Order both sonically and lyrically – the song much like the rest of the album deals with the strange life of a touring artist: the blur of random cities as they bleed into one continuous and confusing place; the random hook ups; the drinking and drugging; the hotel rooms and couches; and how the touring life makes even the simplest things about “normal” life exceedingly difficult. And although there’s a sense of awe to the song, there’s also an underlying sense of lonely, anxious, ennui. 

Simply put it’s slickly produced electro pop that isn’t so polished or slick that there’s an earnestly beating human heart beneath the synths and drum machine programming. 

Interestingly, the recently released official video reminds me quite a lot of the videos off Depeche Mode’s Violator, cinematic and yet very moody with specific obsessions – cities at night, full of other wandering and lost souls in particular.