Formed in 1995, Club 8 became one of the pillars of Swedenâ€™s pop scene with a string of melodic, eclectic albums. Members Karolina Komstedt and Johan AngergÃ¥rd had previously worked together in the band Poprace, and their new group -- which began as a recording project before growing into a full-fledged touring band -- explored everything from bossa nova to trip-hop. Pop always remained at the center of Club 8's sound, though, and AngergÃ¥rd made additional contributions to Swedish music by helping run a respected indie label, Labrador Records, and logging time in several different bands. Komstedt and AngergÃ¥rd recorded their first three songs in 1995. After fielding offers from several labels, the two decided to partner with Siesta, a Spanish label, for the release of their debut single, "Me Too." A full-length album, Nouvelle, followed in 1996. Both releases sported an animated twee pop sound, but the bandâ€™s second album -- 1998â€™s The Friend I Once Had Â-- found Club 8 stretching their wings by incorporating elements of dance music. One year later, the musicians headed overseas to make their live debut at the CMJ Festival in New York, which spread Club 8's music to a new continent. Now releasing albums on an international level (and touring in support of them, too), Club 8 continued tinkering with different influences throughout the early 2000s. A self-titled album appeared in 2001 and earned comparisons to Portishead's work, while 2002â€™s Spring Came, Rain Fell was even more experimental and electronic, due in no small part to the construction of the bandâ€™s own recording studio. After releasing Strangely Beautiful in 2003, Club 8 took a small break as AngergÃ¥rd turned his attention to a new solo project, the Legends, and working with Acid House Kings, a band that featured former Poprace member Joakim Ã–dlund as well as Johanâ€™s brother Niklas AngergÃ¥rd. Eventually returning to the Club 8 fold, he and Komstedt recorded their sixth album, The Boy Who Couldnâ€™t Stop Dreaming, and released it during the autumn of 2007. After taking another break (during which they absorbed the musical cultures of Brazil and West Africa), the duo recorded its seventh album, The People's Record, in 2009. Released in May of 2010, the record marked the first time Club 8 worked with an outside producer (Jari Haapalainen). ~ Andrew LeaheyPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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