Harrys Gym - What Was Ours Can’t Be Yours
- Malcolm Jack
- 26 January 2011
Scandinavian electro-pop group prove themselves on second album
This Norwegian quartet’s very dodgy moniker proves surprisingly apt on their second album. Harrys Gym’s ethereal electro-pop is toned and conditioned, with a strong heart.
The Oslo band have worked with rising English producer James Rutledge to beef up their sound, borrowing the bits of dream-pop they can use – glacial synth and guitar washes, singer Anne Lise Frøkedal’s feather-light voice mixed low like an instrument Liz Fraser-style – and integrating them with muscular programmed beats and churning basslines.
Shot through with an unmistakable strain of serious Scandic melancholy, save for a healthy dose of bat-shit craziness the pummelling ‘No Hero’ and irrepressibly lovely ‘Toothpaste’ touch on the best bits of The Knife or even Björk.