Merge Records is excited to release a new song from sophisticated Swedish pop maestros Shout Out Louds’ new record. “Illusions” is from the band’s great new album, Optica, due out February 26. The Soundcloud stream of the song is available for posting HERE. A video clip to accompany the song is available for posting HERE.
The Line of Best Fit describes the song, “‘Illusions’ is vintage Shout Out Louds with razor-edged guitar hooks and cyclical drum patterns providing the rhythmic thrust for Adam Olenius’ sweet croon to float over; although the unashamedly up tempo jangles are tempered by multi-instrumentalist Bebban Stenborg’s sensitive, aching backing vocals.”
Optica will be released on February 26. The album is the band’s fourth and marks 10 years since Shout Out Louds released their debut. The band will soon hit the road for worldwide touring including a multitude of shows at this year’s SXSW. Those performances will be announced soon. Shout Out Louds’ first show in support of Optica will take place in Brooklyn, NY, at the Music Hall of Wiliamsburg on March 11, and they have confirmed a full stateside tour for May 2013, beginning May 7 in Washington, DC. They have also added a confirmed appearance at the Sasquatch Festival as well as a headlining date at New York’s Webster Hall.
The complete list of tour dates is below.
11 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
12 – 17 – SXSW
7 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
8 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
11 – Boston, MA – Paradise
13 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rosa
14 – Toronto, ONT – The Opera House
15 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Bag
16 – Chicago, IL – Metro
17 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
22 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
23 – Los, Angeles, CA – El Rey
24 – 27 – Sasquatch Festival