handsome firs - sound kapitol (3.5/5)

Back in the day – “the day” being the latter part of the last century and the earliest days of this one – record stores had a little section called “IDM” (intelligent dance music). Yes, really. Somehow genre geeks found a measurable difference between smart and stupid dance music. Now, if we’re being honest with ourselves we would admit that not once did any of us get sweaty in a club dancing dancing to múm or Sigur Ros. In this new decade we find ourselves at a precipice of a new era of IDM – IDM you can actually dance to. Among this new crop of fun, smart and deeply danceable bands are Handsome Furs. And Sound Kapital, their third release, has cemented them as a leader in exhuberant, intelligent, scrappy pop music.