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Erlend Oye | Unrest | review | electro | Lollipop

Erlend Øye

Unrest (Source/Astralwerks)
by Tim Den

Just because you lead one of the best folksy electronica groups around (Kings Of Convenience) - and gave Röyksopp their best vocal numbers - don't mean that techno doesn't still suck. What a shame that Erlend Øye has chosen the deadest form of electronica to make his solo debut with. The King of Electronic Geek Chic lent his gracefully sombre voice to a dozen global collaborations on Unrest, which on paper had me giddy with excitment... until I heard them. Sure, the concept of creating each song with a different producer in a different part of the world should yield results of cross-pollinated loveliness, but what we have in Unrest is cheesy retro '80s techno that was never any good the first time around. Heavy-handed synths and clap-track beats... how can you listen to this stuff with a straight face? I guess if you're the kind of dumbfuck scenester who "ironically" smirks and wiggles to Har Mar Superstar, you might like Unrest... but then again, you'd be a clueless dipshit. Come on Erlened: We love you, we didn't deserve this!
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