Monthly Archives: October 2010

Live: Trentemøller Live – Academy 2 (25/10/2010)

Anders Trentemoeller is a Danish DJ and producer, who is renowned as being at the forefront of the new wave of intelligent minimal house/techno. He rose to prominence through his remixes, and breakthrough record The Last Resort was internationally critically acclaimed.

I’ve seen Trentemoeller a number of times, both live and DJ, and always been impressed by his ability to produce intricate, minimal electronic soundscapes out of nowhere. Especially live, his music translates perfectly, with the painstakingly precise electronic composition played out with brilliance by drummer Henrik Vibskov (who is a successful designer by day) and Mikael Simpson on guitars/bass.

While the music certainly measured up technically, the atmosphere in the half-empty Academy 2 sadly didn’t. The main problem was the frankly atrocious sound quality. The in-house PA system might (just) be up to the job of amplifying the sound of an average acoustic act or indie band, but when you have one of the world’s finest minimal techno artists in, that system just doesn’t cut it. It was way too quiet, lacking in bass and didn’t have the clarity required to hear some of Trentemoeller’s more intricate work.

The problem was compounded by the fact that most of the crowd seemed unreceptive, even bored, and with the venue being nowhere near sold out the whole vibe of the place was lacking in punch.

This was a shame as he played some very interesting music, that given another venue (perhaps even somewhere more formal like the Bridgewater Hall or RNCM) the night would’ve been much better.

4/10

Photo: Nina Mouritzen

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To Bury A Ghost – The Hurt Kingdom EP

To Bury A Ghost are a band that cross the boundary between post-rock, industrial punk metal and the spaceship doom sounds most associated with early Radiohead and Muse. While this disc is fairly short, a mere 5 tracks, there is a real statement of intent on display here: To Bury A Ghost are a serious band creating a serious noise, and the music they play defies their modest setup. Much like Revere and Hope of The States, To Bury A Ghost have a clear natural ability to create deep, complex and energetic rock music that has a timeless, cinematic and awe-inspiring quality.

From the opening bars of Birthday, with the swirling orchestral symphonic melody and speaker-smashing percussion sections it is very clear that this is a band to take seriously. The intensity of the music is further tightened by fantastic vocals. A strange cross between the whiskey soaked drawl of Jeff Klein and the falsetto cries of Matt Bellamy, the vocals are a real strong point throughout the record.

A perfect winter release – this is a record that is not suited to casual summer afternoons, but an intense, almost demonic sonic experience well suited to the dark, cold winter nights. Epic.

The Hurt Kingdom is released next month.


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