Friday Music Pick - The Science of Anders Trentemøller
At Laundry we are huge fans of electronic music and all that is inspired by it and we use it a lot in the office when working.
None are more atmospheric and great to work with and laden with indie and electro influences than Anders Trentemøllera Danish electronic music producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Trentemøller's music is a kind of synthwave elctro pop with influences from Siouxsie and the Banshees, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Joy Division, The Cure and Depeche Mode, but with a modern and dark cool edge.
In the late 1990s, after time on different indie rock projects, he spent time in various groups before he turned to electronic music. In 2006, following some 12-inch electronic EPs, Trentemøller released his debut album The Last Resort. This led in 2007 to him assembling his first full live band, with Henrik Vibskov on drums and Mikael Simpson on guitar. Complete with visuals from director Karim Ghahwagi, the ensuing ‘Trentemøller: Live In Concert’ tour brought him to the United States for the first time as well as to festivals including Glastonbury (UK), Roskilde (Denmark) and Melt! (Germany).
In 2009, The Trentemøller Chronicles, a double compilation of unreleased songs, non-album tracks and remixes for acts including Röyksopp, Moby and The Knife, was released. He also headlined the Orange Stage at Roskilde Festival, playing in front of 60,000 people, with a s set design created by Vibskov.
My girlfriend says I’m terrible to be in the same room with, because I’m thinking about the music all the time.”
— ANDERS TRENTEMØLLER
After starting up his own record label, In My Room, Trentemøller’s second album Into the Great Wide Yonder was released in 2010. It was a move into a more analogue sound influenced by indie and post punk, and incorporating more live instrumentation and vocals. Expanding his live band to seven people, he continued to tour around the world for two years. His appearance at 2011’s Coachella Festival was described by NME as “one of the biggest breakouts of Coachella,” saying he “stunned all onlookers and became the toast of the fest.”
In September 2013, Trentemøller released his third full-length album Lost, including collaborations with Low, Jonny Pierce from The Drums, Marie Fisker, Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Jana Hunter of Lower Dens, Ghost Society and Sune Wagner of The Raveonettes. Trentemøller also supported Depeche Mode on their Delta Machine world tour and appeared at Melt!, Dour, Pitch and Zurich Open Air. Then in 2014 Trentemøller composed the theme for the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire.
With a handful of awards, three critically-acclaimed albums and a catalogue of remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and Moby. His fourth album, Fixion, was released to critical acclaim in 2016 and he continues to showcase his unwavering ability to produce melancholic electronica that bridges boundaries of genre; comfortably experimenting with dubstep one minute, dabbling in Eighties punk the next.
With ‘Fixion’, he has crafted a logical successor to 2013’s ‘Lost’ - a record that in many ways managed to truly capture the visceral live experience of Trentemøller as a full-band and embracing his trademark melancholy and matured it into something uniquely atmospheric and darkly romantic.
“With ‘Fixion’, Anders has crafted a logical successor to 2013’s ‘Lost’”
Rather than attempting to completely reinvent himself, Anders has used his latest outing as an opportunity to highlight certain granular aspects of his signature sound and refine them into a much more organic - and at times perhaps more song-driven body of work. It’s a record that on first listen may seem less detailed but, as you’ll know by now, with Trentemøller, one should never be fooled by initial impressions. It’s the kind of record that will over time repeatedly unlock new intricacies and offer the listener an opportunity to understand the work differently upon each listen.
The album is still notably driven by the producer and multi-artist’s passion for experimentation and effortlessly succeeds in transcending a swathe of influences and unassuming genres - yet all the while holding true to Trentemøller’s unique, and sometimes challenging vernacular.
“From the cascading minimalist synth-scapes to driving electropunk, each and every track on ‘Fixion’ is bound together with a contemplative melodic complexity.”
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