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Album Review

Anders Trentemøller got started making albums fairly late in his career, following several years of singles released during the early '90s. His second full-length comes almost five years after his first one (The Last Resort, 2006) and after a couple of compilations and DJ mix projects. Into the Great Wide Yonder gives the impression of someone who is still searching for his own personal sound, and is willing to explore just about any musical avenue to find it. The results are predictably unpredictable, and mostly pretty enjoyable: "The Mash and the Fury" is spacious and dark, with guitars that alternately twang and splatter against a mottled gray musical background; "…Even Though You're with Another Girl" is spooky but quite lovely, with marimba, queasy sonic effects, and guest vocals by Josephine Philip; "Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!" is a weird sort of science fiction surf instrumental; and "Häxam" features, believe it or not, a theremin. Those are some of the highlights on the program. Tracks that maintain the listener's interest less consistently include "Past the Beginning of the End," with its messy and eerie sound that ends up coming across as simply poorly constructed, and the OK-but-not-worth-six-minutes-of-one's-life "Sycamore Feeling." There's a pervasive mood of 1950s-style science fiction here: lots of ah-ah-ah vocals, kettle drums, twangy guitars, and that charming theremin. Nothing on the album is less than pleasant, but only about half of it will really make most listeners sit up and take notice; however, as electronica projects go, that's not a bad batting average.

Customer Reviews

Trentemoller Evolved

I loved his debut album the first time I listened to it. But this album is (somehow) much deeper than his first. He said in an interview that if he wanted to make The Last Resort again he could have. But he decided to branch off from his original sound and turned into a more darker artist. If you're a fan of Trentemoller, you'll love this. If you're a fan of electronic music you'll love this. If you're a fan of good music you'll love this. If you're not, then you won't. Stand out tracks for me : The Mash and the Fury, Shades of Marble, Sycamore Feeling, Haxan, Silver Surfer. Download with confidence.

One of the greatest musical accomplishments. Period.

I had been waiting for this album for the last year and a half. I was hoping it would be up to par with The Last Resort. He has blown it out of the water with this release.

The quality and detail of this record is amazing. Every sound seems to have been meticulously crafted. Unlike his glitchier previous album, this one seems to have an indie Rock sound with at least a few of the tracks. Four of the ten have vocals, and they are hauntingly beautiful.

I have always regarded Trentemoller as a master of production, and with this release, he has surpassed all expectations and entered into a new level of sound. This is true evolution in the right direction.

Beyond belief...

... how good this collection of unique and atmospheric pieces are. This is a release that only someone who had free reign and clout could do. Anders Trentemoller takes samples, instruments, and beats and melts together a cohesive warm, production of equal parts driving soundtrack-like instrumental and groove sensibilities into 10 beautiful, smart tracks.

Biography

Born: October 16, 1974 in Vordingborg, Denmark

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially known for releasing deep house and minimal techno 12"s, Danish electronic musician Anders Trentemøller has continually expanded his sound with his ambitious full-lengths as well as his live shows, which often incorporate a full band. Based in Copenhagen, he made his debut in 1997, DJ'ing the local club circuit and occasionally performing live. After a self-imposed hiatus spanning several years, he returned with his own productions, which quickly grabbed the ear of the then red-hot Naked...
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