Album Reviews, Dance / Electro — September 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

Trentemøller – The Trentemøller Chronicles


Artist Name: Trentemøller
Title Name: The Trentemøller Chronicles
Label: Audiomatique Recordings
Reviewed by: Rory O’Maley

If you’re a fan of production (and if you’re a fan of electronic music, you probably are), it really is criminal to go past Trentemøller. Now moving away from the techno prodigy label he was immediately stamped with, the Danish producer continually shows an understanding of structure and harmony that would make most composers wince with envy. If I’m honest, I think his newest productions are a little to wavering and acoustic for my appreciation/adoration but I feel it’s still high time to share some of his amazing work with you all.

 Though it plays, builds and looks like an album, The Trentemøller Chronicles is, as the name suggests, a collection of the producer’s best work. In this light, the album is also a testament to the Dane’s skill as a DJ, basically combining a set of old material and re-edits to build a full, flowing whole. With that said, it really is Trentemøller’s talent as a producer that shines through the release.

 Though incredibly techno based in so many ways from the clicks, frantic break beats to the resonating synth stabs, Trentemøller’s control of the tracks keep his tunes somehow hovering over the quieter sidelines of clubland in a way you’d never expect. Tracks like ‘Kink’ and opener ‘The Forest’ should, from the sum of their parts, be huge tracks that brashly demand your attention. Somehow though, Trentemøller’s fluid production and dreamy chord work keeps his works from becoming dance floor screamers they could so easily be, opting instead to let them evolve, grow and shrink to create an eerie, ambient atmosphere.

 That’s not to say, however, that there are no dancefloor crushers. A quick listen to ‘Physical Fraction’ will have even the most artisan tech fan moving with its syncopated synth stabs and his remix of ‘Moan’, the only real hit on the album, also keeps the dancefloor in mind. The thing that puts these tracks a cut above the crowd is their incredible complexity, depth and development. Though both tunes have central and easily recognisable hooks, they stray freely in all directions and rarely revisit their ambient ideas or rhythmic shifts, a rare feat in modern dance music.

 It’s a great album and well worth a listen. Oh, and there’s also a remix disc thrown into the bargain. There are a few different editions but the one I’ve linked contains this gem which will change your life for the better.


Moan (Trentemøller Remix)



  1. ed says:

    This album is out since 2007…