Karl X Johan – “A Better Tomorrow” (Stereogum Premiere)

Karl X Johan is actually Kalle X Johan — specifically, Stockholm residents Kalle Jönsson and Johan Tuvesson. “A Better Tomorrow” is the latest in a string of strong synthpop singles dating back to 2010’s “Flames,” which won a Swedish Grammy for its striking video, a series of extreme close-up detail shots of a couple getting dressed for a date, going out, and then getting… undressed. “A Better Tomorrow” goes full ’80s power ballad — think Peter Gabriel taking his best crack at “Take My Breath Away.” It’s a note-perfect genre exercise and a gorgeous love song by any measure. Check it out.

“A Better Tomorrow” will be out 6/24 via Emotion.

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