Norwegian house producer Todd Terje had a hit with Eurodans (2004) but
then spent a decade working on remixes, collaborations and silly singles.
His first album, It's Album Time (Olsen, 2014), is devoted to
wacky retro-pop creations that mostly exploit the stereotypes of vintage
cheesy cinematic soundtracks, mainly Harry Mancini's
(Leisure Suit Preben). He indulges in parodistic remixes of entire
genres, like the
demented salsa of Svensk Sas and the demented
cha-cha of Alfonso Muskedunder, and even in those parodies he injects
the same melodic accents borrowed from television and cinematic soundtracks
of the 1960s.
The manic propulsive Strandbar (2013) and the gently syncopated
Inspector Norse (2012), the two singles that preceded the album,
are his tributes to the vintage house-music that made him famous.
The only original moment comes perhaps when he takes the dumb synth melody of
Preben Goes To Acapulco and spins it around until it begins to sound
like a Bach fugue.
Alas, he is neither a genius of techno music like Moby
nor a genius of satirical orchestration like Frank Zappa.
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