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Last Resort

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Trentemoller returns with his first album on Poker Flat, 'The Last Resort', a beautifully crafted, astonishing masterpiece that will leave you breathless. The 13 instrumental tracks together form a wordless musical story, almost like the soundtrack of a movie. It manages to capture a whole range of emotions in subtle melodic miniatures, dreamy ambiences, dusty beats, deep dub-tracks and driving groove-excursions. An ever-changing kaleidoscope of colours and moods, 'The Last Resort' without a doubt contains Trentemoller's best work to date. Although it's definitely an electronic album, it also incorporates live-drums, some guitars and other acoustic instruments like celesta, glockenspiel, melodica and even DJ scratching to create a more organic feel. Most tracks were recorded over the course of last year, often in the time between sessions for his 12'' singles and remixes, which as Trentemoller himself says ''Making these tracks was like having time-off. Moments to totally space out and let the music flow'' It may come as a surprise that on 'The Last Resort', Trentemoller moves away from the dancefloor and instead produces an introspective album that's especially great for home listening (or listening in the car, or on your i-Pod), but ever since his first release, it was clear the young producer from Copenhagen was able to fuse great melodies and chord progressions with subtle, yet driving beats. Poker Flat. 2006.


The Last Resort, a surprisingly accessible and wide-ranging work by minimal and tech-house phenom Anders Trentemøller, is a winter wonderland of quiet phosphorescence and pristine beats. Not that the Danish composer/producer/remixer is above contrasts, as in "Evil Dub," where he allows down-tuned and distorted guitars to run like the proverbial bull in a china shop of elegant, understated programming. But tracks like "While the Cold Winter Waiting" beg comparison to the frosty, glockenspiel-laced ambience of Iceland's múm, and the closer, "Miss You," is a hypnotic lullaby sure to receive ample acclaim. After all, Trentemøller's music is distinctly his own, and his eerie command of dynamics allows him a broad palette, exemplified by a gripping bit of turntablism that pops up in one of the album's first singles, "Always Something Better." The second disc's bonus material reveals the man the DJ community has long known: the patient architect who unobtrusively builds beats, loops, and motifs into a critical mass of refined minimalism. All this leaves little doubt that The Last Resort will earn Trentemøller converts from downtempo and electronica circles well beyond his established fan base. --Brent Kallmer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Take Me into Your Skin
  2. Vamp
  3. Evil Dub
  4. Always Something Better
  5. While the Cold Winter Waiting
  6. Nightwalker
  7. Like Two Strangers
  8. The Very Last Resort
  9. Snowflake
  10. Chameleon
  11. Into the Trees (Serenetti, Pt. 3)
  12. Moan
  13. Miss You

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Ltd ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Poker Flat
  • ASIN: B000HIVSH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By En Trance VINE VOICE on November 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Amazon shows the picture of the 2 disc set, with the two sets of tracklistings on the back, but doesn't list it as the limited edition, or say it's 2 discs, so the initial release which came with the bonus disc may have sold through. I would make sure you seek out the limited with the second disc, or you are missing out on a full repoertoire of Trentemøller tracks.

The first disc is "The Album" and contains mostly tracks that stray from what we are used to from Trentemøller: mindwarping minimal. I'd say there are 3 that fans will warm up to right away, Nightwalker, Chameleon, and Into the Trees (Serenetti Part 3), as these closely resemble the minimal vibes from his previous work. Into the Trees continuing the variant melody of what was Serenetti and Serenetti Part 2. What we do find here is a solid blend of abstract and ambient minimal, expertly crafted into smooth scapes of electronica, that really requires the listener to pay attention. It certainly takes more than one listen, as upon my first play of the album, I was a little less than impressed, but quickly hooked by the 2nd time around. There is a lot more emotion and beauty in these tracks, which isn't necessarily found in the casual listens you could escape with in his other work. His tech house monster riffs required no part on the listener's mind, to fully engulf that body shaking sound, however you have to forget all that and finely tune your senses to this album.

Of course, this can all be chucked out the window with the second disc, as it's back to the churning tech house and minimal which made us all flock to Trentemøller in the first place. It contains nearly all of his previous singles released on the Audiomatique and Poker Flat labels. Sadly, one of my favorites was left off, Minimal Fox.
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The debut effort from Danish DJ Anders Trentemøller is actually a bit of style-change for him. He is most known for his amazing remixes of various artist like Moby and Röyksopp, but his talent shines through on this album.

The Last Resort is a complete album, every song seemes to belong and the mood is just amazing. Put it on when you need to chill out, when you're making dinner, when you're chatting up your girlfriend. This could very well be the perfect soundtrack of our lives...

Every one of the stars is deserved one hundrede percent. Buy this album, you will not be disappointed!!
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I was turned onto Trentemøller through my interest in house music, having it described to me as a cutting edge electro-house cd. Really, "The Last Resort" is a far more minimal, downtempo electronic affair, with greater emphasis on ambience and atmospherics rather than thumping house beats. Most of the songs showcase a sophisticated writing approach that goes beyond basic build-up play. Instead, the songs have an overt progressive structuring to them, shown especially with the sublime opener "Take Me Into Your Skin". The song starts with lifting ambient sounds, with textures gradually building to what I imagined to be a huge beat drop, but instead the ground gives way to a surprising anti-drop, a minimal beat driven by a heavy base, sounding as if you've just been plunged underwater. The song twists and turns as it re-builds steam, showcasing a deft touch for textures and layering, and a use of very organic sounds that forges a quite natural, dream-like atmosphere (this is a recurrent effect throughout the album). Gradually this builds to the final climax of a thunderous half-time full-on electro assault. The rest of the album tends to follow suit with this progressive styling, with most songs fashioning varying dynamics and sequences.

One aspect of the album I particularly enjoyed was the use of acoustic instruments. Being a guitarist and drummer myself, I always enjoy good use of acoustic sounds in electronic music. Two songs predominantly stick out for this, the first being the wondrous title track. The song evolves around a fast, swirling finger-plucked classical guitar part that is paired with a down tempo trip-hop beat, making for a trippy, trance-like groove.
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Some of the other reviewers have suggested that this is forward-looking, boundary-pushing electronic music, others have suggested that this is soul-less and lacking in warmth.

Neither estimation is completely correct (the latter one being straight-up wrong):

It is a good album, and as long as you enjoy and are sufficiently familiar with current electronic music ---particularly of a micro or tech-house variety--- you should be able to find some emotional resonance in this recording.

That having been said, this album sounds to me like an artist expanding on micro/tech house roots, allowing his other interests to seep in. I hear something like a "Villalobos-meets-Badalamenti" aesthetic.

The film-music characteristics are sufficient to appeal to listeners outside of the standard electronic fanbase; I think this is why some reviewers feel it to be great, not realizing that there are other albums of comparable mood and quality.

Don't misunderstand me---it is very good. Well-produced, interesting, warm, and varying in textures. It does not possess the unique greatness of the Badalamenti or Morricone soundtracks it at times evokes. There is an independent voice here, but I do not think it is developed enough at present to be considered truly great.

There is much potential here, and I will be waiting to hear future releases...
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