Fans of intricately conceived metropolitan Swedish indie pop rejoice! Tough Alliance member Eric Berglund is readying his next album as ceo, the follow-up to 2010 debut White Magic, which earned him inclusion on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2010 list. Berglund’s ceo LP2, titled Wonderland, will be upon us in the new year. Here’s what Berglund had to say about it:
If this don’t make you hate me and love yourself, then hate us both, then love me and hate yourself and then the other way around and then the other way again and again until your head spins so much you feel like hopping between neon glowing islands on a quad bike while being attacked by whirlwinds of shurikens too sharp to even hurt you mixed with flying kisses from fairy cheerleaders and all of sudden you hear the sound of laser you know and everything is white for like two seconds with a black and purple strobe in it and then you wake up in a cottage in a sweet bright daze until you start thinking and then all your past crushes and other phantoms slides up from everywhere singing their siren songs and your whole life flashes before not only your eyes but your whole being until you just can’t take it anymore and everything around you disintegrates and you find yourself in a void, on that quad bike again, just ridin’, feeling everything at once, without resistance, you’re doing something wrong
stop doing that
or die trying
ceo is you and you are me and i am ceo aka white panther aka ultra messiah aka mr yeah aka eric aka life aka you
Lead single “WHOREHOUSE” is here right now for our listening pleasure. The song’s childlike jauntiness belies its adult-oriented title, but the elaborate-yet-whimsical construction shows the kind of professional touch that can only be honed with the experience of years. It’s got hooks for days too; hear them all below, where you’ll also find a Wonderland album trailer.
Wonderland is out 2/4 on Modular People. Here’s the tracklist:
04. IN A BUBBLE ON A STREAM