Royksopp: Melody A.M. (Astralwerks)

This Norwegian duo keep their dancefloor sensibility and create a true masterpiece for any electronic fan.

After being released in the States this past summer as a rather expensive import, Royksopp’s Melody A.M. is back: not just cheaper, but chock full of extras (a whole second disk with videos and alternate mixes)! Though at times spacily distant, this Norwegian duo keep their dancefloor sensibility and create a true masterpiece for any electronic fan.

A short silence, a click, a buzz, and a driving bass line begin this record correctly, but it’s the sample of “blue on blue” by gals and pals that really grabs the ear and makes it easy to hum along to. That groove is apparent in every track on this album, along with the technique and actual feeling put into each. That heartfelt fondness for the music they’re producing makes this piece different and allows for the listener to really find an almost empathetic chord.

Royksopp breaks into several different directions within the same groove, going as strange as a 30’s jump beat, to a party track a lá Daft Punk. The guest vocalists add something as well, the first being Anneli Drecker. She adds a wonderfully sensual aspect to an already perfect chillout song. The other guest, Erland Oye of the Kings of Convenience, has a voice that is really very calming and simple, but the melody and lyrics add another dimension to these tracks.

A common thread of feeling in this record is space, and at times it takes an anti-gravitational turn…and really succeeds. I enjoyed this record, as well as the Someone Else’s Remix of “Remind Me” on the second disk. The videos are a nice addition, as this is to any electronica fan’s library.

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