In an effort to dig deeper into the creative and personal influences behind new music, we recruit artists to tell us about five records that they consider "Essential" by any definition they like. This week: acclaimed Danish electronic producer Trentemøller shares his love for five great records, all connected by their often dark, spacious sounds.
Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See (1993)
I'm a huge Mazzy Star fan and this is one of their best albums. I can hear it over and over again and never get tired of it, it still sounds fresh to me. Such good melodies and, of course, in front of it all the lovely Hope Sandoval. Dreamy, psychedelic, and dark, all at the same time!
The Cure, Seventeen Seconds (1980)
I have listened to The Cure's music since I was a teenager. I love a lot of their albums, but before I stared working on my new album, I was especially inspired by the minimal sound on Seventeen Seconds and [their following 1981 album] Faith. The dry drum sound, the chorus effect on the bass, and the dark but dreamy analog synths in tracks like "A Forest" or "All Cats Are Grey" from Faith. Their doomsday vibe blended with great melodies and riffs is something that inspired me a lot over the years.
Portishead, Third (2008)
I have listened a lot to Third, it's such a powerful and fantastic album. Totally without any compromises and it sounds so crisp. It's easy to hear the inspiration from bands like Silver Apples and Neu, but they have a sound so totally their own, and I respect them a lot for that.
Dirty Beaches, Badlands (2011)
I also listend to Dirty Beaches debut album when that came out, and really loved how his ghostly lo-fi sound. Its simple 'songs'/atmospheres sound like David Lynch and Suicide on speed. Sometimes Alex sounds a bit too much like Alan Vega but it's ok with me, because it still sounds so cool and totally out of this world. I also love his new album Drifters / Love Is The Devil and how he's pushed his songwriting and sound into something a bit more multi layered and more melodic.
Wild Nothing, Gemini (2010)
Jack Tatum's project from Virginia. He writes beautiful melodies and their sound reminds me of British indie from the 90s. I especially fell in love with the track "China Town" with its lush guitars and keyboards and Jack's vocals that again make me think of The Stone Roses. Clever and touching songwriting. That track that was on repeat two years ago when I started working on the first drafts for Lost.