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Trentemoller – Lost

Friday 25th October / posted by Adam Trainer

 

Collaboration can be an unexpectedly rewarding conceit for an album, and it’s one that frames Danish producer Trentemoller’s new album ‘Lost’. Those anticipating new work from a particular artist may be disappointed when they share so much of the songwriting credit with outsiders, and the criticism can be leveled that the collaborations may have taken place less as a mechanism for expanding an artist’s available sound palette, and more as a means of shoehorning new listeners familiar with the collaborators in. Thankfully the results on this, Anders Trentemollers’ third full length release, are so natural and cohesive that such accusations hold no weight.

Trentemoller has come from a decidedly electronic background – more specifically working mostly in the realm of minimal techno and house, but here he’s enlisted the help of collaborating vocalists who predominantly come from an indie rock background – Jana Hunter from Chicago kraut-afficionados Lower Dens, Jonny Pierce of the Drums, Sune Rose Wagner of the Raveonettes, and even all three members of Minnesotan slowcore darlings Low. The results aren’t necessarily always a combination of the two approaches – techno with indie rock. Indeed the seven-minute opener ‘The Dream’, which features the aforementioned Low, sounds at first as though it could have pulled form any of their previous records. As the track unfolds Trentemoller’s crackly textures and chiming keys eventually make themselves present, but this is far from dancefloor fare. It’s indicative of the choices made here with regards to guest collaborators. The music of all of these guest vocalists is generally pretty dark, which lends proceedings here a cohesion and aesthetic synchronicity.

Elsewhere the combination of these pop vocalists with Trentemoller’s electronic production lends the record a murky electronic pop vibe, with tracks that bounce between mid-tempo post-new romantic dark beauty and pulsating electro-clash. It should sound dated, but Trentemoller’s mastery of production and the talent of his songwriters imbues these tracks with a melodic and sonic integrity that ensures listeners will continue to go back to them.

Some of the best surprises here come in the form of the instrumental tunes that might in any other context feel like intermissions between the key collaborative tracks. ‘Trails’ sounds like the Bad Seeds covering Suicide, whilst the six minute ‘Morphine’ provides an amazingly pristine, yet mysterious clanging soundscape that’s amongst the best moments on the record.

Trentemoller proves here that he can’t be pigeonholed, and nor should he be. When he’s working through such exciting sounds with such high caliber collaborators the results were always bound to be impressive.

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