Artist Profile: Thieves Like Us

Thieves Like Us is a Swedish-American group just on the analogue side of chillwave. In 2007 they released their first album: Berlin, Alex. This was followed in 2008 by Play Music, in 2010 by Again & Again, and in 2012 by Bleed Bleed Bleed. Over the course of these four records the band honed their knack for arousing a strange, alien nostalgia for times that have yet to pass. They sound like an inexplicably fond memory, holding some intangible significance. They sound like a drunk afternoon on the beach, followed by an evening of clumsily trying to scrape sharp grains of sand form your skin, or like the aimless, stoned wanderings through summer city streets. Pairing their music with rhythmically edited footage of 1970s and 80s European cult films, e.g. A Swedish Love Story (1970) and Christiane F (1981), renders certain tracks inseparable from the aged graininess of decades old cinema tableaux and action loops.

Note these film and track pairings:

A Swedish Love Story + Shyness

Christiane F + Drugs in My Body

Christian F + Your Heart Feels

-Bobby Cockrell

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