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  • Blaue Blume: Lovable (Trentemøller Remix)

    Trentemøller remixed Blaue Blume!

    Trentemøller remixed Danish artpop band Blaue Blume and the result is explosive!

    German indie label hfn music - sister label of Trentemøller's In My Room - marks its 100th release with this one. Way back in little 2009, the label hfn music was born in Hamburg, and made its introduction to the world with the release of the Trentemøller compilation Harbour Boat Trips: 01 Copenhagen.

    Fittingly, hfn100 sees one of hfn’s best songs of 2019 put into the hands of the man it all started with, Anders Trentemøller. His Danish compatriots Blaue Blume’s new album Bell Of Wool is one of hfn’s 2019 highlight releases, and so hfn100 sees Trentemøller remix one of its standout tracks: “Lovable”. The original is a gossamer-delicate composition that carefully stitches together layers of shining synths that gradually build up into a peak, before crashing into a subtle beat - a musical journey. 

    Trentemøller mirrors the original’s careful building up, adding new elements to fill in the song’s sound, before it collapses into a tough, noir disco groove. It’s a perfectly realised remix – Trentemøller keeps the original song’s skeleton and soul, but fills in the space with sonic touches that could be no one else’s but his. 

     

     

  • Trentemøller The Last Resort Listening Session

    The Last Resort listening session!

    You liked Trentemøller's The Last Resort? Then this might be for you! 

    The epic sounds of Trentemøller return to Pitchblack Playback's listening sessions in the dark, for you to revisit his immense debut 'The Last Resort' on Number 10's huge 18-speaker immersive sound system in Hackney on Wednesday 29 January. No distractions: just you and the music, played in lossless high-definition to bring you more detail and feeling than you've ever heard it in before. Sofas and cocktails will be on hand.

    Tickets at bit.ly/pbpbtkts - includes Pitchblack Playback blindfold for extra darkness.

    As recommended by The Guardian, GQ, Time Out, Metro, Newsweek, New Statesman and The Londonist. Some feedback from people who have been the listening sessions:

    “Considering how much listening I do in life for work and pleasure I’ve actually never had an experience like this: big loud PA, all lights off, darkness all around, comfy couch and eye mask to experience the album in its full intensity and without any distractions whatsoever.” - GRAMMY Award-winning engineer, Marcus Urselli

    "I have an out-of-body experience every time I go" - Jonny, artist manager

    "I've listened to that record hundreds of times but tonight I heard sounds on it that I had never noticed before"

  • Church Trees Trentemøller

    Church Of Trees video out now!

    Trentemøller's "Church Of Trees" music video is out now! This one, like most of the music videos off "Obverse", is made by Anders Trentemøller himself.

    "Church Of Trees" may come out of the gatesounding like a minimalist film score, but when the heavily modulated synths finally arrive, bathed inreverb, and the warped record effects kick in, it leaves no doubt that this is a Trentemøller concoction. Motifs take their time to develop, and are followed by a pleasantly jarring non sequitur. As with its companion songs, "Church Of Trees" narrative is succinctly contained in the title of the album. Obverse: an alternative to what your perception is. The flip side of the coin. 

    Fittingly, the camera shows treetops from below, tossing and turning.

    Out now!

    Watch the video here.

  •  2nd Blood's Turn It Back (Trentemøller Rework)

    Out now: 2nd Blood's Turn It Back (Trentemøller Rework)

    2nd Blood is the project of Copenhagen based musician, producer and songwriter Silas Tinglef.

    Having released a debut EP on Trentemøller’s In My Room in 2018, the man himself steps up to rework 'Turn It Back' and the results are predictably fantastic.

    Trentemøller’s version is a slow grooving classic - out today!

  • trnt by Trentemøller

    trnt by Trentemøller (video) out now

     

    Anders Trentemøller released a new video for 'trnt', taken from his album 'Obverse'.

    In FLOOD Magazine, Trentemøller explained the track like this:

    "On “TRNT,” I go absolutely crazy with all my weird machines in the studio! It’s a pure jam session with myself in a way, quite intuitive and without any real plan besides seeing where this trip leads me. And again, an instrumental track that goes its own way. I especially love a place in the track where a vicious wall of sound suddenly breaks through without any warning. I wanted it to sound a bit like Sunn O))), and drove both guitars and a lot of synths through tons of distortion pedals, and then pitched the whole shit down so it sounded like it came from hell itself."

  • Trentemøller Silent Night

    Silent Night out now!

     

    Just in time for the holidays, Trentemøller sat down and made his own version of the well-known Christmas carol "Silent Night". "I chose Silent Night as it has such a beautiful melody that, for me, sums up the whole vibe of Christmas. Originally it was a lullaby and since I became a dad, Silent Night made so much sense to me especially as it’s my girlfriend Lisbet Fritze who sings on it." 

     

     

  • Trentemøller Instagram Q&A about OBVERSE

    Trentemøller Instagram Q&A about OBVERSE

    Anders Trentemøller did a fan Q&A about OBVERSE on Instagram stories on Sunday, 17th of November. In case you missed it, here are some of the Questions and Answers: 

    Which bands inspired you the most?
    I’m inspired by different artists but while working on OBVERSE I never really listened to anything. I feel it somehow confuses me when I’m in the working process listening to other music, so I tried to focus very much on my own music, keeping everything else out of sight to be honest

    How many songs did you finish that didn’t make the album?
    Actually all I worked on made it into the album, but a lot of ideas and sketches were dropped, especially in the first many months as I had a bit of a writers block. But slowly the music began to flow… that was a bit of a hard and often frustrating time for me

    Obverse - any story behind the album title?
    I was actually thinking about calling it „observe“ but then I stumbled upon the word „obverse“ which has different meanings. One of the meanings is the possibility to see the same thing from different angles, different views on the same thing… and I liked that, because it’s exactly what I was working on with OBVERSE, twisting and manipulating a simple melody in many different ways, both melodic and sonically.

    How do you write your melodies? Do you start with just playing with your synth?
    Most of the time I start at my upright piano in the studio. I like to focus on the chord progression and melodies not the sound. Then later when I’m happy with something I transfer it to a synth, guitar or maybe just keep it on the piano. If you listen closely you can hear the piano in tracks like Sleeper and Church Of Trees

    Did you mix this album by yourself or hired a mix engineer? Could you describe the whole process?
    Yes, I mixed it all by myself. I prefer that because I then get exactly the sound that I want. I simply just turns knobs until I think it sounds great (-: I mix all ITB but use a lot of outboard gear to sculp the instruments. Both lofi junk and high end stuff. It’s all about what sounds cool.

    You said Lisbet came up with Blue September. How much does she inspire you in your music?
    We inspire each other I think, but regarding Blue September she just wrote this magical melody and I instantly got inspired to work on the chords and the whole sound of it. She did a demo with just her voice and her guitar. I took it from there and created the music around that

    You are asking when I know when a song is done and that’s a great question!!
    It’s a feeling. If you still hear and feel that spontaneous vibe you had when you started on the track it’s done. I think I learned not to over-do a production. If I work too long on a song I might kill the whole intention with it… hope it makes sense?

    What is your favourite song of the album?
    I think it’s Cold Comfort (-:

    How long did you produce Sleeper?
    It took me only a day or two. It was the first song I worked on for the OBVERSE album. It just came quite easily to me. It’s a very simple melody / chord-progression that somehow, to me, had a dreamy magical vibe to it and it somehow made the direction for the rest of the album

    I love your reverb use to create interesting ambiances. Which hardware/software do you use?
    Thanks (-: Hardware: surfy bear reverb, the reverb in the Roland re 201/ 501 space echo, Vermona DSR3 reverb, alesis midiverb 2, Yamaha SPX90, Yamaha FX500, Anasounds Element spring reverb (all 3 tanks)
    Plugin: Valhalla vintageverb, UAD AMS RMX16, UAD ENT 140 plate

    What’s your creative process for putting together a new album?
    Try, try, try, try, try… until there is something that really turns you on in the music. A lot of hard work… and fun work. But a lot of playing around with ideas, chord progressions, melodies, sounds… and a lot of mindfuck ;)

     

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  • Foggy Figures video out now

    Foggy Figures video out now

    Danish electronic producer Trentemøller has shared his video for his new track "Foggy Figures" off of his fifth studio album Obverse. It premiered on Under The Radar Magazine, captured "The video is a sweeping panorama of Scandinavian woods shot in greyscale that warps and dilates as the grooves build and mutate. The track itself features lush pads and darkwave inspired rhythms that deepen like the moment of reflection when you recognize yourself thinking a certain way."

    The video is shot by Trentemøller himself, just as the preceding "Blue September": "I shot the visuals for Foggy Figures while staying in the Swedish woods with my girlfriend last autumn. One day we woke up to this foggy landscape, it was magical and I right away started shooting on my phone. I had just bought a device that works as a steadicam, you just click the phone into it and then you can shoot with these floating movements. I really feel the walk in the dark and foggy forest captured the vibe in the song. Enjoy!"

  • Trentemøller Obverse Merch

    Brand-new Obverse merch available!

    I thought it could be nice to have some fresh t-shirts and also a tote bag for my new album 'Obverse', featuring the amazing artwork by Jesse Draxler.

    So go and check out two styles of t-shirts, a white one and a black one, plus a nice black tote bag. I like it a lot!

    You can check all pieces in the gallery or head over to my bandcamp shop.

  • Obverse - OUT NOW!

    Obverse - OUT NOW!

    OBVERSE is finally out! 

    It often feels like an instrumental album because it started life as one, the driving philosophy being “what if the pressure of having to perform these songs live is removed entirely?” Granting yourself the freedom to chase down every idea a studio offers comes with privileges. What happens when you reverse a synth part mid-verse? Why not send an entire track through a faulty distortion pedal? Inspiration reveals itself in a variety of forms and, before long, a simple chord progression contorts into something entirely new.

    “The only thing I knew from the beginning was that this didn’t absolutely have to be an album I should be able to play live, with a band. That’s been a consideration on every record since The Last Resort. Obverse was always going to be about exploring the possibilities in my studio, with no consideration of how it could be performed on a stage, and it was completely liberating.”

    So it only makes sense that Obverse would stray from its original roadmap. In due time, half of the nascent compositions featured singers, including Lina Tullgren, Lisbet Fritze, and jennylee of Warpaint, another band deeply influenced by dream pop.

    Like all great instrumentals, songs on Obverse told their own stories long before the idea of adding words to them was considered. Music is often impelled by lyrics. In this case, the lyrics were undoubtedly compelled by the music.

    Obverse: an alternative to what your perception is.The flip side of the coin.

    The packaging of a Trentemøller record is intrinsically linked to the songs contained therein, though it’s never been more the case than with this release. Los Angeles based artist Jesse Draxler has contributed a cornerstone in the form of original art, which examines the black and the white, the dynamic vs. the serene, the big picture vs. the minutiae. It’s a case study in complementary contrasts, like the album itself.

    By fusing together a love of dream pop, dark synth-based music, film scores, and a deep connection with the stark Nordic panoramas, Anders has created an inimitable language. Ultimately Obverse resides in a genre all its own.

    The focus track and video 'Blue September' - with Lisbet Fritze on vocals and starring in the video - premiered on flood magazine. The feature also includes a track by track - give it a read here.