Album Review: Norway's Antipole mesmerizes with 'Northern Flux'

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Norwegian post-punk Antipole is gearing up to drop their debut full-length album Northern Flux, which is set for release November 15.

The brain-child of Karl Morten Dahl, Antipole came into being when Dahl met Anne-Christel in 2013. Inspired by the dreamwave electronic effects from bands like The Cure and Joy Division, Antipole has released two digital-only EPs “Panoply. Songs for AC” (2014) and “Getting Frequent Now” (2017), and Northern Flux marks a very special occasion in the evolution of Antipole.

Kicking off the album is “October Novel” with its chilling beat and melancholic melodies. On the other hand, “Narcissus” sounds more like a suave runway track. It brings to mind lanky models strutting with each beat, camera flashes, and indifferent visages.

Then there is “Le Châtelet.” There is something elegant and yet darkly alluring about this track. The sensual guitar leads the track with the throbbing beat, and the lush vocals drip with desire every few bars.

Each inspiring track on Northern Flux holds something different, a new story or theme awaits listeners in every song. Really, they have to be heard to be appreciated.

With the exception of the final track “Insight,” all songs on the album were written by Dahl in collaboration with Paris Alexander and Eirenne. Northern Flux will be released on Unknown Pleasures Records and can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp. The first tracks seven tracks are now available for stream and download.

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