Superstar superduo Galantis prescribes fans 13 doses of high-purity dance music in their debut album, Pharmacy, out today on Big Beat.
Galantis’ Linus Eklöw (Style Of Eye) and Christian Karlsson (of Miike Snow) restored some hope in a mainstream EDM field commonly accused of being vapid with their showstopping 2014 live debut at Coachella and meteoric rise surrounding their self-titled debut EP. The Pharmacy LP marks another milestone for the outfit and demonstrates the duo’s longevity with such a deep bank of productions on par with those we’ve heard so far.
Pharmacy opens with an all-new slice of their signature saccharine dance-pop in Forever Tonight, an effective intro and reacclimation to their sound, followed by the familiar piano melody of Gold Dust, which got its own remix EP in early May.
In My Head resembles much of the balance of the album, which is mostly piano jingles leading to and from approachable big room-style peak moments all wrapped up in a warm-toned atmosphere that granted, can get old, but not for lack of quality.
Kill ‘Em With The Love is the album’s only real lane change, for which the guys steer their piano into breaks territory for an upbeat roller with soulful vocals, alleviating the fear that the 13-track package might not stray from their typical approach, if at least only once.
From the slightly softer tropical vibes of Call If You Need Me to their calling card stage-crushers like Don’t Care, Pharmacy contains very few surprises, but it does offer a heap of what we already knew about Galantis. Besides, you could argue that these two have surprised us enough for the time being.
Stream the entire Pharmacy album on SoundCloud, and pick up a copy here. Be sure to also read our interview with the duo here.
In My Head
Runaway (U & I)
Dancin’ to the Sound of a Broken Heart
Louder Harder Better
Kill ‘Em With the Love
Call If You Need Me
Peanut Butter Jelly