He is a unique talent in the current music world. Danish producer Anders Trentemoller, who took danceﬂoors all around the world by storm last year with funky minimal techno-tracks like Physical Fraction and Polar Shift, and subsequently was voted Best Newcomer in many dancemagazine readerpolls.
Now Trentemoller returns with his debut album on Poker Flat, The Last Resort - a beautifully crafted, astonishing masterpiece, that will leave you breathless.
The 13 instrumental tracks together form a wordless musical story, almost like the soundtrack of a movie. It manages to capture a whole range of emotions in subtle melodic miniatures, dreamy ambiences, dusty beats, deep dub-tracks and driving groove-excur-sions. An ever-changing kaleidoscope of colours and moods, The Last Resort without a doubt contains Trentemoller’s best work to date.
Although it’s deﬁnitely an electronic album, it also incorporates live- drums, some guitars and other acoustic instruments like celesta, glockenspiel, melodica and even DJ scratching to create a more organic feel. „Something I couldn’t manage with just electronica“, according to the producer.
Most tracks were recorded over the course of last year, often in the time inbetween sessions for his 12-inches and remixes. „Making these tracks was like having time-off.“, says Trentemoller, „Moments to totally space out and let the music ﬂow.“
It may come as a surprise that on „The Last Resort“ Trentemoller moves away from the danceﬂoor and instead produces an introspective album that’s especially great for homelistening (or listening in the car, or on your i-Pod).
But hey, from his ﬁrst release on Audiomatique („Physical Fraction“ from January 2005) we knew the young producer from Copenhagen was able to fuse great melodies and chord progressions with subtle, yet driving beats.
His excellent remixes for Yoshimoto („Du what U do on“, OM,
2004), Royksopp („What else is there“, 2005) and Pet Shop Boys
(„Sodom“, Parlophone, 2006) show yet another side of this multitalent, while his ﬁrst releases on Audiomatique (Physical Fraction) and Poker Flat (Polar Shift’) suddenly propelled him to danceﬂoor- fame.
But, as Trentemoller says now, he doesn’t see himself as someone who just produces dance-tech. „Because I have always made all kinds of music. In the studio, I never think about which genre it is or what target group it is for, I just make the music I feel like.“
What came out of the recording sessions for „The Last Resort“ was a very personal album: „It reﬂects my life, my thoughts, my needs, my insecureness, my longings.“ And it was a challenge, he adds, „to express these feelings and moods without words, only with music.“
That’s the reason why he decided not to put the two vocal tracks he recorded during the „Last Resort“-sessions on the ﬁnal album.
„Always Something Better“ (featuring Richard Davis and the ﬁrst single of the album) and „Moan“ (with Copenhagen-singer Ane Trolle) are featured on the second disc (only to be released as li- mited edition bonus-cd).
Trentemoller: „When I listened to the ﬁnal sequence of tracks, it felt as if I was listening to the soundtrack of a movie, that unfolded before my eyes. For me it was important that the music would tell the story. Vocal tracks would maybe mix-up the whole feeling of the soundpicture.“
Richard Davis (who we know from his work with Swayzak) adds a ﬁne vocal to „Always Something Better“, with a deﬁnite eightiesfeel.
Ane Trolle is a singer from Copenhagen, who was introduced to Trentemoller by a mutual friend. Her vocal version of „Moan“ (also included as instrumental on the ﬁrst cd) is one of the highlights of disc 2.