Album Review: “Survival Strategies In A Modern World” Liechtenstein
Survival Strategies In A Modern World
Angelic harmonies and lo-fi post-punk casually merge on Swedish trio Liechtenstein’s first full length Survival Strategies In A Modern World. Liechtenstein strikes a balance, shrugging off any musical silos with an album full of basement melody and guitar-driven surf-punk. Survival Strategies In A Modern World expands on the Vivian Girls’ and Pains of Being Pure At Heart’s dynamic, but with an even bubblier attitude both musically and lyrically.
“Postcard’s” careening backing harmonies are a reminder that the Go-Go’s were more than makeup and guitars, and in a similar manner, Liechtenstein has put in the proper recording effort to indulge in expansive layered vocals â€” even as a trio. But it all comes together on “By Staying Here (We Will Slowly Disappear).” As the timing of the music changes pace and the song fleshes out, Liechtenstein is at its peak.
Survival Strategies In A Modern World is a sharp, visceral debut album, and Liechtenstein should ultimately be looked upon as an extended family member to the aforementioned groups. But don’t forget, extended family members are easily taken for granted.