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Sunday Samples 191

September 19, 2010

Last Monday, the Norwegian band Röyksopp finally released Senior, their followup to March 2009’s Junior. The album from its announcement has been described as “an introspective, withdrawn, atmospheric counterpart” to the dancier, upbeat Junior, and you can compare yourself to that album’s lead-off single “Happy Up Here”. One of Röyksopp’s members also called Senior “the senile sibling of Junior who lives in the attic.”

And that might say a lot about why I enjoy it. It’s an enormous contrast to Junior‘s reliance on poppy samples, clear beats, and bright vocals. In fact, I don’t think there’s a lyric on any track of Senior, and it has a much colder, sparer sound overall. If anything it reminds me a lot of Briano Eno, if Eno decided to make music instead of cutesy loopy noodlings all day.

The official video for the lead-off single, “The Drug”, captures the aesthetic as that of the nervous peace in the bombed-out shell of a city. Unfortunately, it only uses about half the track. Someone else has filled the gap with a beautifully astronomical and literally atmospheric version. Either one is a great place to get started until the U.S. release of the album comes along with more.

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