STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER/For 21st Century Media
Looking at all the attention that electronic music has gotten in recent years, it can be sometimes tough to separate the junk from the true artists. Copenhagen-based musician Anders Trentemøller squarely fits into the latter. He’s got a talent for heart wrenching melodic moments and exceptional productions, fused with his trademark sound somewhere between indie and electronic, and it’s something that has established him as one of the most respected and admired artists and remixers of this generation – and maybe ever.
In September of last year, Trentemøller released his third full-length album, Lost, which captures quite succinctly the powerful sound he has refined through his live touring that has been so extensive, he’s just now getting to the States for a short run and final leg of the tour to support the album, making a stop at Union Transfer on Saturday.
Lost, and the recently released companion remix album Lost Reworks, is defined by its thematic guitars, analog synthesizers and robust melodies; the antithesis to the feel of programmed, quantized music that some of so-called contemporaries are known for, and a sound that Trentemøller himself has been guilty of in the past. Much of the sonic shift can be attributed to the record being his most collaborative effort yet, pairing him with a vibrant cast of vocalists including the duo Low, Jonny Pierce from The Drums, Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead and Sune Wagner of The Raveonettes to name a few.
Trentemøller’s captivating sound has also found a home in the world of cinema. His productions have been used by prominent directors including Oliver Stone, Pedro Almodóvar and most recently Jacques Audiard, who soundtracked a pivotal scene of his film Rust & Bone, with a classic bootleg remix of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘State Trooper’, that Trentemøller had made for himself to play at one of his increasingly rare DJ sets.
Saturday’s show is justly expected to be a one of a kind, and not just because of Trentemøller’s slowed down tour schedule; seeing him in venues the size of Union Transfer simply doesn’t happen much at all these days. Last summer he supported Depeche Mode on their Delta Machine world tour, taking him to stadiums around Europe, and that was followed by high profile festival appearances at Melt, Dour, Pitch and Zurich Open Air. There’s no telling when a chance to see him live again will happen.
IF YOU GO: Anders Trentemøller performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia. Doors open at 8. For ticket information, check Union Transfer