ALBUM WALL OF SOUND RELEASE:
OCTOBER 8, 2001 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 14, 2001
We are not spoiled with great Norwegian ambient pop, that's for sure. But
suddenly out of the blue comes Röyksopp, consisting of Svein Berge
and Torbjörn Brundtland.
They have made an album filled with catchy
semi ambient pop songs and rhythms; so catchy your head will start to bob
up and down without you even noticing it. I really don't know how to describe
this wild concoction of infectious house music, synthpop, and ambient
other than comparing them to The Orb mixed with Erasure. Nah, that's not
quite right either. But these are sing-a-long songs
even though most of them are instrumental!
Some tracks have vocals and they fit well. Whether it is the
soulful, trip-hoppy "Sparks" where Bel Canto's Anneli Drecker takes care
of the mic, or the deliciously bouncy "Remind Me" with vocals
by Erlend Öye. Every song has ingeniously designed little synth melodies,
that really lift them high above other music residing in the charts today.
The charts are probably where you have heard the single "Eple",
by the way. This is another instrumental with a melody digging itself deep into
It's nice to see so much good music coming out of Norway today. Bands like Briskeby,
Apoptygma Berzerk, Echo Image are already established, and now Röyksopp
(which means puff-ball mushroom, in case you were wondering) is the current