Swedish dance-punk Hannes Norrvide has been a busy little bee with his (no longer) solo project Lust For Youth. Completed by Loke Rahbek (of Vår and Posh Isolation), the now Copenhagen-based act is unleashing another full-length, only six-ish months after previous LP, Growing Seeds. This new effort, Perfect View, expands upon the roughly hewn goth noises of its predecessor with more polished production and brief rays of light in the dank shadows. It's not drastically different: the guttural, exorcised punk-house howls still echo into the abyss, robotic rhythms still pervade harsh synth lines. However, it's been slightly sanded down - it's more refined. There is an advancement.

'I Found Love' opens with cricket-like synths whirring underneath encroaching bursts of melodic ostinatos and hellish cackling. Relentless kick drum descends, and slowly, but very surely, an infectious (though primitive) beat sets your head-a-bobbin'. Norrvide's distorted yelp - presumably deciphered as "I found love" - bounces around the background. It's a good indicator of the rest of Perfect View.

'Barcelona' recalls Crystal Castles. It's abrasive, there's hacked-up samples and unpleasant melodies. It's wonderfully hopeless. 'Vibrant Brother' harks towards Knife territory; jagged synth hooks are nestled between metronomic percussion and Norrvide's lethargic drawl; it's agitated and jerky, more so than much of the record.

The record is dark like '80s synthpop (read: Depeche Mode), and just as campy; it's so overwhelmingly serious at points, you can't help but snarf at the po-facedness of it all. Sometimes, with the unending basic drum machine beat and simple melodies, along with his thickly-accented yelling, it's like the exaggerated caricature of what gets played in a German sex club where everyone is wearing leather balaclavas and ramming things into places they don't belong, whilst an angry Rosa Klebb-alike gazes on. Well, one would assume, anyway... Imagine Frankie Goes To Hollywood having a demonic lovechild with Kraftwerk's most obscure krautronica, and you're in the ballpark.

The title track, coming in at almost eight minutes, is almost straight-up goth-house. Strong bass, synth and drum lines rampage onwards, with little evolution or detraction from the end goal. It's a slow burner for sure, but ends up becoming a 90s-tinged trance'n'bass effort, and something you could really shake a glowstick at.

'Kirsten', yoinking samples from obscure films and plunging icy synth knives into your ears, is a warped, New Order-tinged cut. The rhythms are actually changed up a bit here, which is a pleasant surprise, and makes the track stand out. 'Breaking Silence' features Norrvide donning a punk slur as he garbles "I break silence/ I break silence," amongst massive wobbling pads and tarnished rudimentary melodies. It's fairly raw, and though the project as a whole on Perfect View seems more honed, the vocals here are anything but.

Despite the masochistic/silly lustiness behind it, and the eternal repetition, it's really quite entrancing. You're drawn into the music like moths to a bug zapper. Lust For Youth could've perhaps taken a bit more time to make this much more varied, but it's still listenable the way it is, and it expertly evokes a paranoid darkness. It's hard to love, but it's just as difficult to press the stop button when you've got it on.