Trentemøller ‘Obverse’ 2xLP
Trentemøller returns with his fifth studio album ‘Obverse’. Anders Trentemøller is a well-known multi-instrumentalist but perhaps the one he’s most adept at is the studio itself. ‘Obverse’ is the result of him expanding that skill even further.
‘Obverse’ often feels like an instrumental album because it started life as one, the driving philosophy being “what if the pressure of having to perform these songs live is removed entirely?” Granting yourself the freedom to chase down every idea a studio offers comes with privileges. What happens when you reverse a synth part mid-verse? Why not send an entire track through a faulty distortion pedal? Inspiration reveals itself in a variety of forms and, before long, a simple chord progression contorts into something entirely new. It’s a work method that yielded great results for the legendary German Kosmiche/Motorik experimentalists of the 1970s. Intentional or not, ‘Obverse’ embodies more than a little of that spirit without even a hint of pastiche.
So it only makes sense that ‘Obverse’ would stray from its original roadmap. In due time, half of the nascent compositions featured singers, including Lina Tullgren, Lisbet Fritze and jennylee of Warpaint, another band deeply influenced by dream pop. Vocals on ‘Cold Comfort’ are by Rachel Goswell, singer and guitarist of UK band Slowdive.
By fusing together a love of dream pop, dark synth-based music, film scores and a deep connection with the stark Nordic panoramas, Anders has created an inimitable language. Ultimately ‘Obverse’ resides in a genre all its own.
2LP on black / white coloured vinyl in a gatefold-sleeve with printed innersleeves and digital download code.
Catalogue number: IMR33LP
Label: In My Room