Todd Terje: Strandbar (disko)
A little background on the title of Todd Terje‘s new single, doubling as your daily lesson in Norwegian: strandbar means “beach bar” in English. It seems to be a subtle jab at the haters: Apparently after the release of his spellbinding 2012 single “Inspector Norse”, a radio executive claimed that the optimal venue for Terje’s music was, well, the strandbar. Not exactly a compliment.
But if even Terje’s throwing down the gauntlet here, he’s doing it with characteristic playfulness. Hooks abound throughout “Strandbar”–from a 12″ out this week on Terje’s own Olsen imprint– and as thrilling as it is for seasoned electronic listeners, there’s an appealing jam construction that will reel in people who are encountering Terje for the first time.
It’s full of glorious piano vamps and bass loops sequenced in ways that feel both intuitive and inventive over the span of nearly nine minutes, as if Terje is surprising himself even as the build of “Strandbar” owes itself to expert-level craftsmanship. You might even be worried that he’s being too generous packing in so many gleeful moments into one isolated track, but you could’ve said the same about “Snooze 4 Love“and “Inspector Norse”.
Terje’s already held us down for two straight summers, and here he goes doing it again.