Johan Angerg√•rd is your ticket into the heart of Swedish pop music. ¬†A founding member of both Acid House Kings¬†and Club 8, Johan has stood humbly¬†at the forefront of the country’s indie scene for well over a decade. ¬†Combining¬†a constitution of twee, folk and soul, The Legends are yet another clue into Angerg√•rd’s genius as a songwriter.

It’s Love is his 5th endeavor as The Legends. ¬†Having just turned 40, the album deals with the turmoils of reaching middle age and all that encompasses the feeling of displacement. ¬†On the album’s theme, Angerg√•rd stated, ‚ÄúI felt old and like I didn‚Äôt belong anywhere‚Ķsome sort of no-man‚Äôs-land. Free floating.‚ÄĚ ¬†It’s a well-tread idea in pop’s grand canon, but The Legends’ spin¬†on melancholy is refreshing, hopeful and warm. ¬†Keep Him is a smooth pass towards r&b, giving Rhye a run for their money in the ‘sexy slow jam’ arena. ¬†Something Left To Die For¬†employs auto-tune to¬†Angerg√•rd’s already sultry delivery, creating a buttery dance track as mesmerizing as it is shoe-tapping.

Fans of Belle & Sebastian, Kings of Convenience and The Radio Dept should grab this immediately.  200 copies on red.

The Details

200 lmtd edition red-colored vinyl available (domestic & international)

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It’s Love, The Legends fifth album, details a recent chapter in the life of Johan Angergård that saw him wrestle with issues of loss, love and identity.

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