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Review: Trentemoller – Reworked/Remixed

Danish-originated electronic music producer Anders Trentemoller has completed an admirable double album, full of regenerated songs. The new Reworked/Remixed album is both appealing to the ear and intriguing to the soul.

When I first took a chance with Trentemoller, I had no idea what I was walking into. That was, until I realized that he was electronically gifted. The first part of the producer’s two-part album is comprised of selected tracks from The Great White Yonder, while the second part is comprised of selected remixed tracks for other artists. I must say though, having the first CD start off with a slowed-down version of “Sycamore Feeling”, is hauntingly eerie, especially with Marie Fisker lending her haunting-in-itself voice to the track. By the time I got to “Too Insistent”, I was incredibly intrigued by what else this artist had to throw at me. It starts off with a steady beat, gradually increasing, and it’s almost like a game to try and guess all of the electronic components and instruments involved. After jumping from the piano intro to “The Answer”, to a nearly all-electric song, I found myself admitting that there really is some kind of magical, musical diversity going on here that gives way to something genius.

The Efterklang remix of “Tide” definitely calls for creepy organ-sounding notes leading the way through the intro, and the chiming in the background played against the harmony of differences in vocals. Another instant favorite. “Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!” (Andrew Weatherall and Prinz Mix)–do I even need to say anything more about this than “alright, alright, alrighttttt”? With a smooth rhythm that you know will have crowds clapping their hands, I imagined this to be playing while a group of badasses walk into a crowded room in the background. The remix has definitely stepped it up, stamped 60′s influence, synth and guitar crossbeats on it, and shipped it out to be an entirely successful track. Now I have to admit, I have a soft spot for Franz Ferdinand. But Trentemoller has added a completely new suave aspect to the song. It’s like taking a 2D picture and making it 3D. Yes, that’s right–a whole new, 3D song. That’s what happens when you have a good foundation and add an epic top layer.

“Tide” (Modelselektors Last Remix Ever) without the male harmony counterpart and “Tide” (Alternate Instrumental Version) I consider to both be great aspects to this CD. With the Blue Foundation-esque sounds and the extra electronic phenomena occurring in the alternate instrumental version, there was no way to go wrong. Options are a good thing here–especially when there is so much creativity (and CD space) to make use of.

“The White Flash” Remix (ft. Thom Yorke) was a good demonstration of electronic beats and the steady building of said beats. The “Me Me Me” by Lars & The Hands Of Light Remix was another 60′s-sounding, groovy mix. Trentemoller adds dimensions to songs like it’s his job–oh, wait. The song itself is reminiscent of “Young Folks” by Peter, Bjorn & John–brought to the 21st century. “Does Not Matter” is another one of my favorites, The Pierces and Kasper Bjorke are brilliant together in producing this song, but I personally opt for the Trentemoller remix. The slowed-down tunnel effect does wonders to bring out the melancholy, mood-imparting song. Throughout you can hear each specific guitar chord strummed, and it’s just an all-around good song. “Neverglade” was a pretty ridiculous finale to the first CD, ending on the same note it began. Haunting and intense–cue round one of applause.

The remix of “The Mole” is possibly the slowest-sounding song up until this point…and up until a minute and 21 seconds into the song. There’s something about how the vocals take backseat to the actual music that is aesthetically appealing to the ear in this song, as well as “Even Though You’re With Another Girl”, and “Raincoats”. I thought that “Raincoats” was another genius compilation, as well as another favorite. The amount of playfulness between the rhythms, beats, electronic components, live instrumentals, and vocals is truly indescribable until you listen to it for yourself. By the time I had listened to the next two versions of “Neverglade” (and loving the instrumental version because it comes through as a piece of art rather than “just a song”), hearing the insane sounds and tempo pace in “Wrong”, trying to get images of a dusk-filled, mysterious woods complete with majestic beings out of my head after hearing “The Dwarf and the Horse”, and making final decisions on which version of “Even Though You’re With Another Girl” I liked better, I was coming to the realization that indeed there was a level of unreachable talent that went into this entire album. That was again confirmed when I heard the remixes of “Beach” and “Dirty Snow”.

This whole two-part masterpiece is one to be proud of, and one that I would rank at the top of my electronically-centered playlist. I don’t know any other artist who can bounce between eerie, haunting, pumped-up, laid back and just straight up strange as well as Anders Trentemoller. He does it, and he does it well. The future of electronic-based music has been reached and exemplified.

★★★★☆ 

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