Written by Ryan Mcllroy
Veteran electro producer Lindstrøm is back with It’s Alright Between Us as It Is, an album that should be a culmination of over a decade’s worth of material, however it ends up feeling confused and indecisive despite being one continuous mix.
Just by looking at the album and song titles, it is quite clear to see that this release was intended to be one single piece of art. The album title and artwork may suggest the concept of a changing relationship, which is paired with song titles like Tensions and Drift. The majority of the album is instrumental so the idea of the concept doesn’t extent much further, however due to these small details it’s important to consider the album as a whole.
In the latter two thirds of the release, each song is cleverly mixed into the next. This is something that would have worked much better were it not for the occasional forays into new and experimental territory. Bungl, featuring spoken vocals from Jenny Hval, is jarring and awkwardly wedged between the final tracks and Shinin, featuring vocals from Grace Hill, is on the same level as dance music in the charts, at times bringing back unwanted memories of some of Shakira’s hits from the early 2000s.
That aside, the album is very good. But It Isn’t is a track where the vocal feature actually hits home. Frida Sundemo’s contribution is a thing of beauty, her whispery voice is a perfect fit atop luscious strings and synth. Tensions sounds familiar but is euphoric, a song that delivers not only on a musical level but also on an emotional one, with a buildup and drop that has enough bite to satisfy the underground scene.
It’s obvious that Lindstrøm is not one for conformity and is not afraid to explore lesser trodden ground however his music may benefit from more focus on one particular style. The result would be a more complete piece of music where no song would be skipped if it came up on shuffle.
Listen to It’s Alright Between Us As It Is below.