Trentemøller // “LOST” / Lost. Lost in mind. Lost everywhere.
Some musicians have the incredible ability to use their music as a tool to expand the emotional and sensitive intensity of the listeners.
In their musical textures, the mind is completely lost, detaching from reality, discovering with the thought, unknown paths never visited before. An apparent hypnosis that makes the listener free from the chains of mental contrasting conceptions, free from any obligation, free to travel into infinity. And Anders Trentemøller, simply known has Trentemøller, with his third studio album “Lost” – released on September 16th for his own label In My Room – proved once again that it is one of the few artists to be in possession of this dowry.
Before describing in details Lost, we need to go back to analyze the most important steps in his career thus giving an overview of Anders for those who do not know him. The evolution process of the DJ from Copenhagen, began with the impressive debut extended play Trentemøller EP dated 2003, which began to gain appeal by fans and by other artists interested in having a remixed versions of some of their songs. In 2005, in fact, he remixed the track What Else Is There? by Röyksopp, which became his emblem and also more famous of the original version.
The following year he finally released his first album, The Last Resort, with which he established himself in the scene of the contemporary electronic music, bringing the minimalist style to levels never seen before.
Until you get to 2010 when he published his second long playing Into the Great Wide Yonder, another milestone of cinematica electronic music.
But now, three years later, here we have Lost.
The Danish producer in this case does not betray himself and the expectations created before the release of the album, returning back on the scene with a multi-faceted product where many artists such as Low, Jana Hunter of Lower Dens, Marie Fisker, Jonny Pierce of Drums, Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead and more, have worked on it.
A philosophy of transformation that he prefers and defends, as he explains in an interview:
Some people might’ve wanted something similar to the last album, but if you’re getting to the point of listening to people and what they think of your sound… Well , that’s not for me.
Lost is in fact different from what we had heard before. It is a collection of dissimilar sounds mixed together with an avant-garde vision, creating a sound path like a maze. Its nature is confused and indecipherable under the expressive and musical aspects both.
The opening track The Dream – performed in symbiosis with Low – is the proof of this peculiarity: a minimal dark ballad that ends with the passing of seconds. So, the beginning seems to be the end. And the end, the beginning.
The subsequent Gravity is one of the masterpieces. Composed with Jana Hunter of Lower Dens, it is the track that delves deeper into the human soul, divided between emotional ups and downs that arise at first a state of anxiety and then mutate into moments of calm and in the end finally flow into a kind of liberation. In six minutes, a story is told.
The twin tracks Candy Tongue and Come Undone, respectively accompanied by the voices of Marie Fisker and Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, tease the nervous system of the listener with persuasive voices and fast and pounding beats alternated to ambient passages.
In Trails in contrast, indie rock arrangements of Joy Division and electronic beats hug and switch places. Another mutation in the mutation. A continuous evolution symphony.
The maniacal attention to details with which Trentemøller builds his work, makes the perfect combination of musical genres very far from each other, as we can hear in the electro/indie/minimal mix Never Stop Running, first single of Lost, with the featuring of Jonny Pierce of Drums on vocals.
However, Trentemøller does not lose his vice dance music. Even if most of the songs are universally covered by minimal and dark veil, Anders also choose to give life to tracks that are closer to techno and deep house as Still on Fire – with his heavy groove – and the enthralling Deceive.
The more you continue to admire the beauty of this variety, the more you get lost in the sound polyhedron built by the producer. Once inside, it’s hard to go back.
The work closes with Hazed, the excellence of the entire album. Thirteen atmospheric minutes where he is finally able to transmit its true purpose to the listeners: the metaphysical loss of being in a parallel and unknown reality, intangible except through hearing these combinations of sound.
Trentemøller therefore not only created a simple album, certainly not. He gave birth to a polymorphous creature which is able to adapt to each individual and his thoughts, and only for those who really succeed in living in a total harmony with such a creature, it began the key to unknown places and paths that reside in the deepest part of the human unconscious, to infinity.
For this reason, Anders Trentemøller is not only an artists, he is a guru. You can find our interview with him on Reykjavik Boulevard Magazine. We will soon release some crazy extra contents so stay tuned!
Text by: Lorenzo Mondaini