Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Lest you think the albums on this list are rather maudlin or introspective, here’s a bright bundle of joy to light it all up. I was very excited about the release of this, Todd Terje‘s debut album, although a little teensy bit disappointed to discover that it would not be wholly brand new – he was including stand-alone single Strandbar along with most of 2012’s It’s The Arps EP. Of course, those gems shine brightly enough that time has not dulled their lustre. What was really surprising was the sheer variety on show here – from slow electro-ballad (Robert Palmer cover, Johnny & Mary, with Bryan Ferry), through 60s caper music* (Svensk Sås and Alfonso Muskendunder), cocktail lounge funk (Preben Goes To Acapulco) to streamlined head-to-the-stratosphere disco (Delorean Dynamite, a track so good I find it hard not to leap around the room). The man’s a genius.
*I’m not sure what this style would be officially described as – this is my best attempt!