July 15, 2010

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Trentemøller, Into the Great Wide Yonder
101 Distribution, June 15
Meandering bag of down-chill bummers, krautrock and semi-house with alt-rock and electro-twee for curveballs. This Danish producer has made a name for himself putting a certain “twist” on his remixes for Moby, Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys to name three; his deal is spacey, faraway electro, from which he sculpted various amorphous things for this, his second LP. In short: Addams Family-minded downtempo spattered with woozy boozy knob-twisting (“Even Though You’re With Another Girl,” sung by Josephine Philip as a besotted torchy Hope Sandoval-meets-Kim Carnes); bloopy subsonic Air fluff making nice with buzzy synth a la Q Lazzarus (“Sycamore Feeling”); Quentin Tarantino guitar-bending (“Shades of Marble”). On rare occasions drum n bass pokes its head in and out noncommittally, and the album finally bows out on a Raveonettes note (“Tide”). Taken together, these songs don’t quite scream “Ma! Look how edgy!” but it’s close — I don’t think this guy’s so much a poser as someone who’s torn a little, not sure whether to become a soundtracker or stick with the Rabbit In the Moon video-dependent drone, not that that’s a huge difference. If he’s shooting for earbud stuff to make your average crazy subway ride even crazier, he’s succeeded, but that genre’s as overcrowded as any other. B-Eric W. Saeger