One of my favourite DJs Lindstrom from Norway is releasing a new album called Smalhans. You can stream the album and read a short interview here. As a follow up to the more experimental Six Cups of Rebel, Lindstrom returns to what he is known for with Smalhans: irresistible electronic dance music with shimmering pop melodies. I love the vintage synth sound and the uplifting progressions. I read that he had a little help with the final mix from Todd Terje of Inspector Norse fame (also one of my favourite Norwegian music magicians!), what a perfect combination. I love all of the tracks!
A rather cute detail about the track listing: each song is named after a traditional Norwegian dish. For example, Vos-sako-rv is actually vossakorv, a sausage with real meat unlike regular hotdogs in Norway that is “20% meat and the rest is crap”. Eg-ged-osis is an egg and sugar mixture Lindstrom liked as a kid. Here is a visual guide to Lindstrom’s aural (and culinary) space adventure:
Track 1: Råkost salat
Track 2: Lammelår
Track 3: Eggedosis
Track 4: Vossakorv
Track 5: Faarikaal
Track 6: Vafler
Now it’s kind of hard not to imagine these dishes while listening to these dreamy songs. A bit funny and trippy at the same time. 🙂
It’s rare to find electronic dance music like Lindstrom’s, songs that are “light” enough to listen to in the daytime but still super danceable at nighttime. Perfect for breakfast and bus rides, perfect for pulsating midnight parties. This is EDM just as a I like it – simple, fresh, upbeat without the mainstream thub-thumping of heavy bass. Give me pure blissful melodies, shoot me to the stars with synths! Thanks Lindstrom for another mind-blowing album.