Ever since his explosive Coachella debut in 2011, Copenhagen-based producer/multi-instrumentalist Trentemøller has been one of my must-sees every time he rolls through LA. It explains why I was at his Fonda show three years ago a mere month after catching his Coachella set and why I found myself there yet again last Saturday. This time around, the man of the hour was promoting the release of studio album number three, 2013′s Lost.
A set from fellow Dane T.O.M. and his Computer kicked off the night admirably, and while he has yet to amass the number of devoted followers his compatriot seems to have, it wouldn’t surprise me to see that change sometime in the near future. T.O.M. and his Computer threw down a solid mix of eclectic beats with a certain downtempo je nais se quoi.
The man of the hour took the stage soon thereafter along with his gaggle of accompanying musicians. Although I’m no stranger to Trentemøller’s brand of frenetic, multi-instrument-hopping artistry, it never ceases to amaze me when it unfolds in front of my face. Trentemøller undoubtedly worked up a considerable sweat running from keyboards to xylophones to cymbals to…you get the idea.
Given Lost’s relatively recent release date, it’s understandable that it would comprise a little under half of the songs of the set. I could think of no better introduction than “Still On Fire,” and “Constantinople” was lovely, but the album’s lead single, “Gravity,” was undoubtedly the highlight of the set as far as new tracks go.
Still, I was admittedly partial to Trentemøller’s older offerings. The hard-edged “Vamp” remains one of my favorite Trentemøller tracks to hear live, but following that up with the achingly gorgeous “Miss You” is just damn well near genius. “Moan” and “…Even Though You’re With Another Girl” showcased Marie Fisker’s vocals beautifully.
But no Trentemøller show is complete without the earth-shattering finisher that is “Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!” Although Trentemøller’s material has a tendency to lean a little more on the ambient side, the in-your-face anthemic quality of “Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!” never fails to put an explosive feather on an already decked out cap.
Although Trentemøller may not be the household name he — quite frankly — deserves to be, he is undoubtedly one of the most talented and innovative musicians in the business. If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping, musicianship-riddled alternative to the hook-laden unce-unce-unce of big room house that has been dominating the Beatport Top 40 as of late, look no further than Trentemøller.
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