Harrys Gym - What Was Ours Can’t Be Yours (4 stars)

Harry's Gym - What Was Ours Can’t Be Yours

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.

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