Following up 2006's collection of singles in `It's a Feedelity Affair', Lindstrøm is back with his first album proper. Well known for his epic and ultra melodic disco, Lindstrøm has opted to take a far more progressive route by churning out only 3 tracks across the albums 55 minutes. After releasing a string of critically acclaimed 12" singles, his sound coined a term the press called `space disco' and a movement that the likes of `diskJokke' would emulate. Well known for his remixes of LCD Soundsystem, Roxy Music, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers, he has previously released a collaboration with Norwegian DJ and friend Prins Thomas and will release another this autumn. On this epic release, Lindstrøm extends his minimalist Norwegian-space disco across a far wider gamut. Similar in vein to Manual Gottsching's dance-music initiating `E2-E4', stretched-synths extend and overlap infinitely, continuously warping to maximize the euphoric resonance of the sound. In the midst of this psychedelically morphing and heavily layered body of electro, melodic motifs and retro disco flourishes from the Giorgio Moroder school of sound occasionally rise to the fore. Like attempting to play a late-Nineties trance cassette that's started to melt in a conked out cassette player, Lindstrøm's newly-stretched out sound progressively perpetuates; his feverish, electrobeat-driven pieces blossoming with kaleidoscopic endeavor. The new freedom that has come with a lack of time constraint has led to more fulfilling pieces that meander through narrative peaks and troughs and engage vividly with the listener.
The epic title track `Where You Go I Go Too' is a pure sonic encapsulation of what a jam session between Manual Gottsching and Giorgio Moroder would have sounded like if they were both blasted on LSD and had some really tasty analogue equipment to play with. `Grand Ideas' takes a far darker route and appears to be more focused at extracting the most euphoric elements of techno. Heavily processed melodics are painstakingly fragmented and micro-arranged to create a vibrating backbone that is augmented by a host of welcome turbulence ranging from tribal percussives to dark howling synths. The result is an otherworldly glimpse at darkcore space-disco in its element. `The Long Way' home commences as an atmospheric electro-ambient journey into the electronic cosmos but unfortunately becomes slightly unhinged with the addition of syrupy disco-funk passages that sound a bit like Dimitri from Paris has hijacked the set. As the track progresses, these elements sit uncomfortably with rather delicious bouts of micro-techno motifs that flutter incessantly like a drove of insect heartbeats.
The length and heavy layering of the tracks dictate that this is not an album which you will hear plundered on mainstream media. Instead, it is music created for contemplative journeys, both physical and mental. Lindstrøm himself notes that "I wanted to sound a bit dramatic and like a long travel. All the tracks are between 10 and 30 minutes long which might be a challenge for some people to listen to from beginning to end. It's perfect for a long walk with headphones or when travelling by train or airplane". We couldn't agree more and admire Lindstrøm for shunning mainstream constraints to fully explore his sound, an undertaking which has led to him building up ecstatic soundscapes of warm, fuzzy and totally euphoric space-disco. (KS)