legends It's Love (LP, £15.95)label: Cascine
Stockholm cult heroes, The Legends, continue their storied career with Itís Love, a deeply personal body of work that captures a conflicted year in the life of Johan AngergŚrd, the projectís sole driving force. 2014 saw Johan immersed in an unraveling relationship, an unexpected new love that left him manic, child-sharing challenges and a near breakdown. Compounding that, Johan turned 40 and drifted into a state of identity purgatory, disassociating from his role as Labrador label boss and lifelong musician. These swirling emotions conspired to spur an abrupt creative streak, producing Itís Love in a span of four months. As expected, the material is heartbreaking and self-aware, reflecting the arduous inner workings of Johanís journey. But itís also buoyant and lush, expressing the resilient human spirit. Uncompromisingly honest and human are perhaps its best descriptors. Itís Love is The Legends fourth studio album, and first apart from Stockholmís Labrador, the label Johanís run since its inception. Itís Love is released on New Yorkís Cascine.
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