Trentemøller’s Memoria Album
Out Tomorrow via In My Room
Shares Wistful “Like A Daydream” Video
“His music often feels like a film or an opera,
unfolding slowly yet majestically scene by scene.” – Billboard
“Trentemøller’s instrumental arrangements are expressive enough in their own right.” – AllMusic
“[‘In The Gloaming’ is] a dusky synth-streaked dream-pop track” – Stereogum
“[The ‘Obverse’ LP] feels like a dark journey through a winter forest as snow slowly falls from the sky and the little remaining sunlight flees into darkness” – Magnetic Magazine
Photo Credit: Karen Rosetzsky
Analysis and fixed processes have supplanted mystery. Romanticism is in short supply. Luckily, there is still music being released that pushes back. Trentemoller’s new album Memoria, out tomorrow (2/11) via his own label In My Room, seems to exist at the confluence of inspiration, coincidence, and maybe even a little bit of the supernatural. Ahead of the release, today, he’s sharing the video for “Like A Daydream,” a hazy, black and white style vision that showcases longtime collaborator Lisbet Fritze’s earnestly delivered vocals, buoyed up by a carillon guitar tethered to a relaxed drum shuffle and bass chord progression.
Classically speaking, memoria (memory) is one of the five canons of rhetoric, along with discovery, arrangement, eloquence, and recitation. It’s how stories are told, and memoria is the central pillar. Trentemøller’s songs never deliver the completed narrative, that’s for the listener to construct, but in every track exists these five seeds, primed for germination.
Watch / Share: “Like A Daydream”
When the songs hit, we’re greeted with a quartet of trance-inducing numbers which explore the liminal space between the dream world and reality, whisking the listener from the temporal to a parallel world, where synesthesia dictates things like sky color and tidal movements. Longtime collaborator Lisbet Fritze’s vocals intertwine with various melodious threads to form a diaphanous fabric in “No More Kissing In The Rain,” which examines impermanence from an abstract angle.
“In The Gloaming,” implies the arc of the album might have actually begun late in the day, giving the sensation of waking in the evening. Nocturne’s dawning. Stars emerge in the form of percussive arpeggios. Fritze flawlessly and profoundly delivers an eventide script. Its accompanying video captures the somber, almost hallucinogenic qualities of the twilight hour. Eyes turn to space. The album approaches impending intensity, which is ultimately realized in “Dead Or Alive,” where punk dynamism, urgent bass and unrelenting drums form a pact with id-driven vocals, assembling into what’s sure to be the newest entry into the noise rock canon. The stars collapse, and we enter the third act.
Trentemøller’s fascination with seemingly diametrically opposed subjects, as it relates to our fleeting existence here on earth, is at the heart of “All Too Soon.” The subject of its companion video contemplates this on a motorcycle ride that could be happening at either dusk or dawn. Like emerging from a cold celestial ocean into a warming terrestrial breeze, it takes us back into more gentle territory with its reassuring promises of immortality, materializing like a mate to “No More Kissing In The Rain,” only with the polarity flipped. Flat on our back, staring at the sky, as satellites and starsailers drift by, “Like A Daydream” chimes on. We come down easy and reach the final composition of the album, “Linger,” which feels like a denouement at half-speed.
Trentemøller’s previous album, Obverse, was an exercise in what could be done if the prospect of performing the signs onstage wasn’t a factor. It opened up some doors, and signaled a new chapter. Memoria, even considering its resplendence, almost feels like it demands to be presented live as well.
Memoria Track List:
1. Veil Of White
2. No More Kissing In The Rain
5. In The Gloaming
6. The Rise
7. When The Sun Explodes
8. Dead Or Alive
9. All Too Soon
10. A Summer’s Empty Room
11. Swaying Pine Trees
12. Drifting Star
13. Like A Daydream
Memoria Album Art by Dóra Dúna