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Editors’ Notes

What’s immediately noticeable in “D.S.O.Y.”—the opening song on Tomas Barfod’s debut album, Salton Sea—is the human feel resonating from programmed drums. Barfod’s beginnings as a drummer (the kind who tunes and plays an actual drumkit) obviously helped. But this in no way upstages his sleek production and icy textures. After the Danish musician relocated to Los Angeles with the goal of creating electronic music without any dance floor ambitions, he became inspired by the soundtrack to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and the dark dystopian beauty of L.A. as its backdrop. Much like the replicants in the 1982 film, the beats in songs like “Came to Party” are hard to decode; are they made by men or machines? Barfod plays up the android ambiguity in the hauntingly gorgeous “Broken Glass” with a vocal track that’s so Auto-Tuned and manipulated it sounds equal parts flesh and automaton. This is juxtaposed with “Till We Die,” where Swedish singer Nina Kinert’s pristine and demure vocals are just human enough to warrant suspicion. 

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Not bad!

Album of the Year contender!!

Amazing album. Had not heard of him until Jerome LOL did a remix of November Sky.

Biography

Born: Denmark

Genre: Electronic

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

Danish polymath Tomas Barfod is a DJ, drummer, and producer known for the atmospheric electronic music he makes on his own and as a producer with other artists. Growing up in Denmark, Barfod started playing drums at age ten. However, inspired by late-'80s rave culture, he eventually began expanding his skills into electronica and DJ music. In 1999, Barfod formed the electronic duo Filur with DJ/producer Kasper Bjørke, with whom he has released several albums including, among others, Exciting Comfort...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music
  • Released: May 22, 2012

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