Galantis, "Pharmacy" (Atlantic Records)
Swedish electronic music duo Galantis has debuted with "Pharmacy," displaying plenty of polish from the seasoned producers who've worked with Madonna and Kylie Minogue.
Galantis is Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklow, and "Pharmacy" showcases their affinity for piano intros and crescendo builds. Presumably that gives everyone a good 15 seconds to hit the dance floor before their favorite Galantis track hits a proper groove.
The best tunes here come early, on "Forever Tonight" and "Gold Dust," the latter featuring lush piano work and haunting lyrics about the realization of one's magical presence measured against a hole in the heart when it's gone.
"Runaway (U & I)," the group's dreamy first single and charting hit, is here as well.
Galantis aims for vocal-heavy hooks and employs a dependable, if not terribly inventive, approach to the duo's progressive house. As far as EDM album debuts go, "Pharmacy" is solid and Galantis is one of the more hit-capable artists you'll come across this year in the genre.
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