Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Longing for Lullabies

Song: Longing for Lullabies
Artist: Kleerup (w/Titiyo)
Album: Kleerup

Best known for writing and producing Robyn’s recent global mega-hit “With Every Heartbeat,” Kleerup is a Swedish musician, formally of “The Meat Boys,” whom just released his debut self titled album in May. The album is comprised of tracks he wrote and had other singers do vocals. Included on the album are tracks with Neneh Cherry, Marit Bergman, Lisa Millberg, Titiyo, and current Swedish indie-darling Lykke Li. The Robyn song is also included.

I have been really digging this record and specifically “Longing for Lullabies.” The album proves that Kleerup is indeed an electronic producer to watch, though he does seem to have a specific bag of tricks that he re-uses. This is not a bad thing, but if you know “With Every Heartbeat,” you’ll hear elements in that song in his others. (So to that end, if you liked that song, you’ll like this record.) I really dig “Until We Bleed,” the Lykke Li track, as well as “Forever,” which Neneh Cherry provides writing and vocals too. “Thank You For Nothing” is odd to hear as it’s basically an instrumental that created the basis for Cyndi Lauper’s “Lay Me Down” from her new album.

Like Sia’s “Breathe Me,” “Longing for Lullabies” is one of those songs that grabs you immediately. It’s very cinematic in that way, and I envision it being featured in a movie or TV show soon. It’s quite beautiful, and I can’t stop listening to it. Lyrically it’s a bit obtuse, but it has a bitter-sweet vibe to it, some sad emotional change with a touch of hope. (Or maybe that’s just me reading too much into it… or the beauty of obtuse lyrics, make it your own!)

I’m really digging this record, and as mentioned… if you’re a fan of the Robyn track I think you’ll really like this. It’s not exactly pop music, not exactly techno… it’s like singer-songwriter electronica.


Longing for Lullabies

With Every Heartbeat

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