Simian Ghost started out as a recording project by Swedish songwriter Sebastian Arnström and after two well received solo releases became a fully-fledged band a few years back – picking up extensive international press and acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian (who called Youth a “contender for album of the year”) and, most impressively of all, a lead review in The Times which saw a certain Bruce Springsteen designated a small column that week instead.

The band have since released an ambitious 18 track record in The Veil, and remained close, a family even – Sebastian and bandmate Erik Klinga being exactly that, brothers – patiently honing themselves away to work on their sound, and recently adding a fourth member in bassist Wilhem Magnusson. In 2017 they arrive having done what any band in their right mind might do to combat the uncertainty of our modern world, they’ve retained both hope, optimism and their all-encompassing knack for melody – and they’ve written a pop record.

“Last Night” is the next single from their self-titled record coming later this year and is as infectious as the Simian Ghost sound gets, mixing the cerebral pop that Scandinavians do better than anyone with a disco freedom that compliments their indie beginnings bringing to mind recent efforts from Arcade Fire. Co- produced by Thomas Hedlund of Phoenix, that influence is carried throughout the track – both stylish and immediate, “Last Night” is another statement of intent from Arnstrom, and further proof of the band’s versatility in their songwriting.

Having made all their previous recordings at home with minimal equipment and resources, this album will be the first to contain some studio-recorded material and you can feel that leap up in production on all four of the singles so far. ”We’re just a bunch of guys doing stuff at home really”, the band states, ”so in many ways this feels like our debut album all over again. And this time we’re ready.”

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