School of Euphoria
Danish top 10 heroes Spleen United present their third album, School of Euphoria. After intense up-close studies of "unintelligent dance music," the boys in Spleen United have reinvented themselves. At the same time, they have rediscovered melody and captured a captivating energy that acts as a soundtrack to their exploration of euphoria -- and the (inevitable) come-down the next day. Spleen United have been the kings of airplay in Denmark, with massive record sales and plenty of acclaim for their unique take on electro rock. Now it's been a few years since the single "Suburbia" was the most-played track on P3 -- Danish National Radio. After that, it became quiet as the four members withdrew from the limelight and immersed themselves in some intense self-study. These experimental years have pushed Spleen United in new directions, although the band still sounds unmistakably like itself, with all that entails in terms of melodic flair, lyrical depth and high energy. On School of Euphoria, Spleen United offer a bunch of coherent songs, which each have their own life on an album where the guitar-based rock sound yields some space for drum machines and other analog techno-tools/instruments/machinery. This is captivating, insistent music that is unmistakably still Spleen United.