The band have since released an ambitious 18 track record in The Veil, and remained close, a family even – Sebastian and bandmate Erik Klinga being exactly that, brothers – patiently honing themselves away to work on their sound, and recently adding a fourth member in bassist Wilhem Magnusson. In 2017 they arrive having done what any band in their right mind might do to combat the uncertainty of our modern world, they’ve retained both hope, optimism and their all-encompassing knack for melody – and they’ve written a pop record.
“Last Night”, “When You’re Ready” and “Fun” are just three of the singles from their self-titled record and are as infectious as the Simian Ghost sound gets, mixing the cerebral pop that Scandinavians do better than anyone with a self-aware disco influence that continues their knack for subtle genre-hopping. Co-produced by Thomas Hedlund of Phoenix, the French band’s sound is an integral part of the album – both stylish and immediate, the album is another statement of intent from Arnstrom, and further proof of the band’s versatility in their songwriting.
Having made all their previous recordings at home with minimal equipment and resources, this album will be the first to contain some studio-recorded material and you can feel that leap up in production: “We’re just a bunch of guys doing stuff at home really”, the band states, ”so in many ways this feels like our debut album all over again. And this time we’re ready.”