Trentemoller
The Last Resort


5.0
classic

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
November 12th, 2010 | 99 replies | 13,743 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Elysian Fields

9 of 11 thought this review was well written

Let’s get straight to the point. Trentemoller is perhaps the greatest artist you’ve never heard of. The Last Resort, his critically acclaimed debut, is perhaps the greatest minimal techno album you’ve never heard. If you have, congratulations, you can stop reading.

For the uninitiated; minimal is a subgenre of techno characterised by stripped down, restrained instrumentation overlaying spartan yet insistent beats. This is music that suits headphones just as well as the loudest nightclub sound systems; its subtlety is as important as its ability to make you move. The prevalent ethic is that a bassline, drums, and a few scattered synths are all the tools you need.

Yet having taken the less is more ideology as his blueprint, Trentemoller proceeds to douse his music with the fragrance of countless other styles; his genius lies in his skill at combining countless diverse scents into one irresistibly enticing musical perfume.

It’s almost paradoxical; The Last Resort is unquestionably minimal, but at the same time it’s virtually everything else; like a crystal ball, it encloses a myriad other worlds. It’s an aural mirage; gorgeously dichotomous fragments of music shimmer briefly before dissipating, with the only constant being the crumbling beats that serve as a enticing trail leading to the next oasis of sound. Trentemoller has created a sanctuary in the desert; a verdant, life giving jungle where dew drops, caressed gently by the softest breeze, plummet from soft leaves and patter onto lush meadows. Every musical moment is drenched in the most sublime warmth, and the organic sound is quite deliberate; acoustic instruments feature as prominently as twisted circuits, instilling each song with the most joyful and human of souls.

Like fellow Danes Efterklang, Trentemoller has the uncanny ability to take comatose, lifeless electrons and fill them with animal magic; effortlessly imbuing them with the mysterious spark of life that burns at the core of every living being. The sounds here are those of the primordial fusion of substance; a joyful and breathtaking explosion of creation rather than annihilation. Album opener Take me into Your Skin is the best example; a dizzy sundrenched mix of slowly burning synths and delicate beats that eventually detonates agonizingly in a supernova of sound, bursting apart and hurling gamma ray like synths into the empty reaches of space.

There are some albums that, like restless birds, tear free from their roosts and soar effortlessly into the great beyond, ragged arms fluttering languidly in the iridescent air. The Last Resort is one such brightly feathered creature; blithe, restless and utterly unstoppable. It’s heading south for the winter, and you better follow.



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Adash
November 12th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

easiest review I've ever written
resident advisor also knows where it is at

geng
November 12th 2010



1986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Might get round to checking this out at some point if it has the Adash seal of approval

Adash
November 13th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

deamer loves it
and that is, honestly, all the approval you need

Yotimi
November 16th 2010



6272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Adash you spread love to so many great albums man. Keep it up

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2010



30294 Comments


Yeah, this guys incredibly legit

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

Enotron
November 16th 2010



7695 Comments


better check it out

Adash
November 17th 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, this guys incredibly legit - Trentmoller or me? :p

@Yot, thanks a lot, I think this is my personal favourite of out my reviews

DonniSharK
November 22nd 2010



466 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fantastic review. Definitely one of the best ambient music albums of all time.

Adash
November 22nd 2010



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

muchas gracias

such an effortlessly sexy album with so much depth. LOVE IT

deadinholywood
December 2nd 2010



235 Comments


I have been meaning to do a review of this for ages, such a good album, respect.

r0bbb
December 16th 2010



231 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i don't have much to say about this album. it's just unbelievable

BigTuna
January 4th 2011



5151 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

5'd

Digging: EMA - The Future's Void

Adash
January 4th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Literally nothing pleases me more than when a Big Tuna leaps out of the sea and high fives Trentemoller. Made my afternoon

BigTuna
January 8th 2011



5151 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'm glad to hear that Seriously this is absolutely fantastic. Ordered the vinyl after like 2 listens.

Adash
January 8th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

make sure to tell your family and friends about it

BigTuna
January 8th 2011



5151 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

deal

Adash
January 28th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ughhh Moan is so disgustingly sensual it makes shivers run up my spine everytime I listen to it

He's playing in Berlin next week, you guys should come with me

Yotimi
January 28th 2011



6272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You buy my plane ticket, I'll see you there

DonniSharK
January 29th 2011



466 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Friday? Saturday? I might actually go if it's either.

Adash
January 29th 2011



1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thursday at Weekend



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