There are few genres as past their sell-by-date these days than EDM. Whether it’s Calvin Harris‘s last dire album or the atrocity that Zedd put forward, there’s very strong evidence that the genre could well be running its big-drop course. But one last bastion stands under the name of Galantis, who seem inescapable with bat-shit dance hits like Runaway (U & I).
On their debut album Pharmacy, the duo of Christian Karlsson (of Miike Snow) and Linus Eklöw show what the genre can do in the hands of talent responsible for Katy Perry and Icona Pop hits. The honest answer is encapsulated in opening track Forever Tonight: resolutely tick every genre-cliché box, add a bit of refined flair, but ultimately get lost in a marathon of samey club bangers.
The blame doesn’t necessarily lie with Galantis though. It’s not their fault that we’ve heard the sort of melodic structure of Gold Dust a million times over, and in their defence they do rise above it on tracks like In My Head – which sounds like a lost Icona smash – and the soul-leaning Kill ‘Em With Love. But there are only so many limits to one’s endurance across the length of an album, and it’s back to business as usual with the calypso piano of Call If You Need Me.
Galantis represent the last of what the genre can offer, and even then they’re the best of a bad bunch. There’s no doubt this album will chart with songs like Peanut Butter Jelly (and soundtrack thousands of television montages to come), but if you’re looking for something inventive, forget it. That’s the thing with a Pharmacy like this, though: you might go in for a placebo or even something to double-drop on a night out, but you always know you’ll end up needing paracetemol the most.
Pharmacy by Galantis can be ordered here.