Trentemoller - The Trentemoller Chronicles
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The Trentemoller Chronicles

In retrospect, my more-than-glowing review of Trentemøller's debut album The Last Resort was probably a smidgen much, but I still stand by my statement that he's easily one of the more talented electronic music producers working right now. Although it's not a new release, The Trentemøller Chronicles mostly bears out the aforementioned statement, with two CDs and over two hours worth of work from the young Danish artist. You not only get a disc of original tracks and reworkings of his own tracks (some of which were featured on the very-limited 2CD issue of his debut album), but a second disc of largely excellent remixes as well.

The first disc of this new collection is mixed together as well, and opens with "The Forest," the best Trentemøller that I've never heard. In it, glistening filtered electric piano and guitars swirl through a mix that's absolutely head-swimming with chopped-up vocal samples and subtle beat programming. From there, the release is a bit more hit-of-miss, with two of the highlights being the killer vocal remixes from the aforementioned bonus disc of his debut ("Moan" featuring Ane Trolle and "Always Something Better" with Richard Davis). Both tracks show off a poppy side of his sound that was somewhat missing on his actual debut, while slamming through some of his heavier moments to date.

The slower "Blood On The Streets" opens with some quiet puffs of keyboard, but soon morphs into a slithering darkwave sort of track that calls to mind Disintegration-era Cure and sounds nothing like he's done to date. Although they certainly sound nice in terms of production, tracks like "Rykketid" and "Killer Kat" simply don't have the development that he's shown on his more recent work, banging with a slightly more generic trance/house sound than one would usually expect.

As is usually the case with batches of remixes, the results are hit-or-miss, with some truly outstanding moments and some slightly lackluster ones. Both his remix of The Knife's "We Share Our Mother's Health" and Röyksopp's "What Else Is There" (which also features Knife singer Karin Dreijer Andersson) take the originals and turn them into outrageously thumping bangers while Robyn's "Konichiwa Bitches" finds him slamming into a a weird hip-hop hybrid and not losing a step. On the other hand, I probably could have lived the rest of my life without hearing another remix of Moby's "Go." From top to bottom, The Trentemøller Chronicles is always a picture of consistency, but it fills in some of the gaps in his work and at times presents a unique vision from a young artist who hopefully keeps on evolving his style.

rating: 6.510
Aaron Coleman 2007-10-18 21:35:55