Todd Terje's work with Bryan Ferry has led to remixes of solo tracks "Don't Stop The Dance" and "Alphaville," as well as the singer's hit with Roxy Music's "Love Is The Drug." Now Ferry's returning the favour with vocals on a cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary," for Terje's highly anticipated full-length It's Album Time.
The tags on the Soundcloud page may seem like a self-deprecating stab at perceived synth mawkishness, but Terje never hedges his music in kitsch: the vintage keys may be plush, but "Johnny and Mary" cuts to the root. The solar wind powered electronics and Ferry's creased, wistful vocals carry a silken richness burdened with the sense of something left behind. Gradually, an ancient vault full of bejeweled melody is revealed, hidden away from a fast-changing world, yet still rich with affecting power.