Following the lead of M83’s Saturdays=Youth and Frankie Rose’s Interstellar, London’s Animal Kingdom is tapping into ’80s teen dramas for lyrical and sonic inspiration. “Strange Attractor,” the single from The Looking Away, is flecked with moody synths, soft guitar hooks, and sparse percussion but the three-piece of Richard Sauberlich, Hamish Crombie, and Geoff Lea are building on their John Hughes-nostalgia with contemporary anxieties. Striped with feelings of disconnect and claustrophobia, “Strange Attractor” is a hedonistic offline tune about embracing youth and life. “[The song's] about euphoria, about the feeling of chemicals racing through your bloodstream,” Sauberlich tells Hive. “It’s a chemical love song.” And like a lot of teen love and chemical alterations, the experience of “Strange Attractor” is an up and down experience, with Sauberlich’s soaring harmonies and a swoon-worthy melody hitting you in waves.
The Looking Away is available via Mom + Pop.
Animal Kingdom - Strange Attractor