Danish producer Anders Trentemøller returns after three years to deliver his fifth studio record. Dabbling in the fertile ground between indie and electronica since he first emerged back in 2006, Obverse sees him force himself out of his comfort zone and compose with little regard as to how to replicate the songs live.
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The Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark is somewhere I've wanted to go for years. They serve an insane seafood tasting menu that comprises lots of small, intricate dishes, each fusing classic sensibilities with daring experimentation like dried shrimp in gooseberry juice or clarified squid broth thickened with agar and elderflower oil. Trentemøller, as well as also being from Copenhagen, is releasing a new album, 'Obverse', that's a little bit like that tasting menu. There are ten songs that flit between and test the boundaries of genre. There's glassy dream pop, mournful electronica, icy post-punk, hypnotic ambient, and muffled minimal techno. 'Obverse' is dense in terms of complexity but never feels inaccessible.
Sometimes it's hard to distinguish whether the album is impassive or just soulless. It's a cold album but you look for the little moments of warmth, like the sleazy, slightly dissonant guitar chords on 'Cold Comfort' or the 80s synth stabs on 'One Last Kiss To Remember'. Like the tasting menu, 'Obverse' is a journey through different aspects of the chef's aesthetic influences; Trentemøller seems to ask that you submit to his. Unfortunately, like the tasting menu it remains an undeniable feat of skill and ambition that remains unclear whether it will truly stay with you.
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