Do you need something to listen to right now? I have two things you should listen to. They are good music on my current rotation. Why not add them to yours?
The Persuader‘s Skärgård
Jesper Dahlbäck is the man behind techno ambient outfit The Persuader. He’s been around for decades but Skärgård is his first LP after three EP releases last year. In all accounts of the record, there is talk about how “cold” his sound is. But is it? Techno and house enthusiasts (Or just me.) can find a wonderful, clear touchstone that has been long forgotten under trendier movements like post trance, trap, EDM, etc.: he’s making minimal techno. The release could have easily have fit in with Isolée’s We Are Monster or Ricardo Villalobos’ Alcachofa; however, Dahlbäck’s approach to this sound is less humorous or serious and more like paintings of snowy landscapes. This makes sense as the title of the record is referencing Dahlbäck’s homeland of Sweeden. What Skärgård does for that part of the world is what Thomas Fehlmann did for Berlin with Gute Luft before Kompakt seemingly broke under itself. Not many are speaking super highly (or super lowly) about the release but I love what he’s done. I’ve never wanted to go back to 2005—but this makes me want to go back to 2005.
Oofj‘s Acute Feast
Oofj are Los Angeles based duo Jens Bjørnkjær and Katherine Mills Rymer. They’re a Danish/South African couple who make what could be called “abstract pop,” a blending of strings with sharp synths played out in a glacial cool. Their album Acute Feast can best be described as “gloomy Goldfrapp,” dark subtle dance music akin to a thawing ice record sharing its songs with you after a long winter. Rymer’s gauzy warble that plays as a sonic antithesis to Bjørnkjær’s collision of retro oriented instruments—harpsichord, violin, horns—and scaling, sometimes alarming electronic melodies. What Acute Feast does is further realize Oofj’s tension in creation, their balancing act of beauty and ugliness, of cacophony and calm. It’s ugly sexiness—and sexy ugliness—will keep drawing you in for a deep listen.