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Shining in the dark...
on September 14, 2010
"Senior" is a companion disc to last years "Junior" by Norwegian duo Röyksopp. Atmospheric and moody, the 9 tracks are all instrumentals.
The dreamy soundscapes vary in feel from the ambient opener "...and the Forest Began to Sing", the bouncier space ride that is "Tricky Two", the careful trot of "The Alcoholic", the stunning guitar-festooned sweeping "Senior Living" (my favourite), the flickering "The Drug", the tempo-shifting "Forsaken Cowboy" (with lovely tinkling of the ivories), the dark and creepy "The Fear", the almost hymnal New Age-sounding "Coming Home", to the ambient closer "A Long, Long Way" (that sounds like what watching the stars would sound like).
Fans of their instrumentals like "In Space" or the ubiquitous "Eple" off their debut "Melody AM" will find much to love here. Röyksopp show they don't need guest vocalists to shine.