Copenhagen based musician Anders Trentemøller’s talent for heart wrenching melodic moments and exceptional productions, fused with his trademark sound somewhere between indie and electronic, has established him as one of the most respected and admired artists of this century, highlighted by the new, fourth studio album ‘Fixion’ which has just been released.
In 2006, following a line of 12” electronic EPs, Trentemøller released his groundbreaking debut album ‘The Last Resort’. High placements in several polls for best album of the year followed and established his name to a much broader audience.
In 2007 Trentemøller assembled his first full live band and since then played almost 300 shows around the world. Two more studio albums, ‘Into The Great Wide Yonder’ (2010) and ‘Lost’ (2013), artist-compilations (‘The Trentemøller Chronicles’ (2007), ‘Reworked/Remixed’ (2011)) and more releases like ‘Harbour Boat Trips’ (2009) or ‘Late Night Tales’ (2011) followed.
His fourth album ‘Fixion’ has been released once more on his own label imprint In My Room in September 2016.
With ‘Fixion’, Anders has crafted a logical successor to 2013’s ‘Lost’ - a record that in many ways managed to truly capture the visceral melodic experience of Trentemøller. In much the same manner that ‘Lost’ built on from the somber cinematic classic that was ‘Into The Great Wide Yonder’, ‘Fixion’ has embraced the Danish artist’s trademark melancholy and matured it into something uniquely atmospheric and darkly romantic.
Rather than attempting to completely reinvent himself, Anders has used his latest outing as an opportunity to highlight certain granular aspects of his signature sound and refine them into a much more organic - and at times perhaps more song-driven body of work. It’s a record that on first listen may seem less detailed but, as you’ll know by now, with Trentemøller, one should never be fooled by initial impressions. It’s the kind of record that will over time repeatedly unlock new intricacies and offer the listener an opportunity to understand the work differently upon each listen.
The album is still notably driven by the producer and multi-artist’s passion for experimentation and effortlessly succeeds in transcending a swathe of influences and unassuming genres - yet all the while holding true to Trentemøller’s unique, and sometimes challenging vernacular. From the cascading minimalist synth-scapes to driving electropunk, each and every track on ‘Fixion’ is bound together with a contemplative melodic complexity.
Upon the album release Trentemøller embarked on a live tour with over 50 shows so far. Taking him from Europe to the USA and Canada and finally for the first time to China, almost every show on the ‘Fixion’-tour sold out.
Following up, Trentemøller released the song ‘Hands Down’ which features jennylee from Warpaint on vocals.
On 16th September 2017, exactly one year after the release of Trentemøller's fourth album ‘Fixion’, Trentemøller takes us on a trip through the years 2013-2017 in the hour long documentary ‘The Science of Fixion’. Produced by Thomas Jessen, Julie Runa and Kristian Pedersen, the film offers lots of intimate insights in Trentemøller's work: The danish musician and producer is shown from the first steps towards ‘Fixion’, when for example he acquired new studio equipment, introduces into his studiowork and features live-rehearsals for the Fixion tour. You'll also see live concerts, interviews with Anders and his band members, a fascinating look into his work with Jehnny Beth and Marie Fisker as well as a lot of behind the scenes material.
At the end of 2018, Trentemøller put together the compilation ‘Harbour Boat Trips Vol. 02 Copenhagen’, where he curates and crafts sixteen songs into a heavy, hazy mix that ranges from shoegaze to electronica - all loosely inspired by the motion and movement of Copenhagen's busy harbour. The mix serves as a follow up to his first compilation ‘Harbour Boat Trips Vol. 01’ which came out in 2009.
October 2019 saw the release of Trentemøller's most recent album "Obverse".
“The only thing I knew from the beginning was that this didn’t absolutely have to be an album I should be able to play live, with a band. That’s been a consideration on every record since The Last Resort. Obverse was always going to be about exploring the possibilities in my studio, with no consideration of how it could be performed on a stage, and it was completely liberating.”
So it only makes sense that Obverse would stray from its original roadmap. In due time, half of the nascent compositions featured singers, including Lina Tullgren, Lisbet Fritze, and jennylee of Warpaint. By fusing together a love of dream pop, dark synth-based music, film scores, and a deep connection with the stark Nordic panoramas, Anders has created an inimitable language. Ultimately Obverse resides in a genre all its own.