An orchestra of the heart, a playground for the long lost sporadic thoughts of giving in or getting back, PG. Lost is a Swedish band of many directions. The album title for their fourth album Versus emerged out of a song idea, that consisted of two very different and contrasting ideas, which were never planned to be one song, but ended up complementing each other.
Whilst some elements of the album will be familiar to PG. Lost fans, there are some distinct differences to previous releases. The effect-saturated vocals, which were a trademark on previous effort, have disappeared on Versus, and given way to more keys and synths. "Kristian was in the middle of heavy touring with Cult of Luna playing keys every day during that time, so he had a lot of synth-based ideas for songs. I guess this has helped us to take the band into a bit of a new direction sound wise," comments Gustav Almberg.
Their sound is still throbbing with great melancholy, but there is also an element of dirty rock n' roll thrown in too, as demonstrated in the crushingly heavy closing section of monumental opening track "Ikaros," the distorted bass line kicking off the second track of the album, "Off The Beaten Path" and the huge roomy drum sound throughout the record.
Versus is a true post-rock masterpiece, an album loaded with great melancholy, heaviness and catchy musical ideas delivered in an incredible density of sound. It's sometimes easy to forget that there are only four people creating these vast orchestral landscapes.