December 3, 2015
By Chris Payne
2015 is winding down, and even though the album release calendar is nearing its annual dry spell, there are still intriguing new tunes coming down the pike. Billboard presents the debut album from Astropol -- one you’d be smart to keep from flying under your radar.
Astropol released its first music just eight months ago, on Record Store Day 2015. Since dropping “The Sound of a Heart Breaks,” the trio of Bebban Stenborg, Björn Yttling, and Smash crafted The Spin We’re In, the ten-song debut album exclusively premiering up above one day ahead of its Dec. 4 release via the Swedish Artist Collective INGRID.
The band is new, but if the contributors sound familiar, you’re right. Stenborg, the lead vocalist, is known for her work in the long-running indie pop band Shout Out Louds and Björn Yttling is the Björn from Peter Björn and John. There’s a lot of songwriting experience in Astropol, and across the album’s hazy hooks and driving beats are some gripping words that just might cause you to rethink the meaning of love. Track one -- “Make Love Stay” -- is a convenient place to start.
As Stenborg later sings, "You can love a lie, but you can't lie to love."
Of the new album, she tells Billboard:
I once saw a woman singing loudly to herself on the subway, and I could tell she was just about to stop having fun. It was like I was watching the ending of some kind of a sad respite from "real life.” I wanted to take her home, tuck her in, and tell her no one was judging her. But I didn't, and we all were. I think The Spin We're In is an offering to that old black magic time of night when you remember that there will be a tomorrow, whether that's a good thing or not.
Offering accepted. The Spin We're In is full of love and it's a judge-free zone.