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Fixion

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about

We’re excited to present ‘Fixion’, the fourth full-length offering from Anders Trentemøller.

With ‘Fixion’, Anders has crafted a logical successor to 2013’s ‘Lost’ - a record that in many ways managed to truly capture the visceral live experience of Trentemøller as a full-band. In much the same manner that ‘Lost’ built on from the somber cinematic classic that was ‘Into The Great Wide Yonder’, ‘Fixion’ has embraced the Danish artist’s trademark melancholy and matured it into something uniquely atmospheric and darkly romantic.

Rather than attempting to completely reinvent himself, Anders has used his latest outing as an opportunity to highlight certain granular aspects of his signature sound and refine them into a much more organic - and at times perhaps more song-driven body of work. It’s a record that on first listen may seem less detailed but, as you’ll know by now, with Trentemøller, one should never be fooled by initial impressions. It’s the kind of record that will over time repeatedly unlock new intricacies and offer the listener an opportunity to understand the work differently upon each listen.

The album is still notably driven by the producer and multi-artist’s passion for experimentation and effortlessly succeeds in transcending a swathe of influences and
unassuming genres­­ - yet all the while holding true to
Trentemøller’s unique, and sometimes challenging
vernacular. From the cascading minimalist synth-scapes to driving electropunk, each and every track on ‘Fixion’ is bound together with a contemplative melodic complexity.



“This time around, I wanted the musical universe to have more space. I wanted it, in a way, to be more minima-listic and to boil it down to its most essential. That said, I didn’t want to lose all of those details that only
actually open up when you really listen closely,” says Trentemøller.

And details there are. ‘Fixion’ is awash with New Romantic strings, downplayed pop sensibilities and percussion so cold that it might have been recorded on a reel-to-reel in a dilapidated jet hanger. With its coldwave synths and hypnotic, driving bass hooks, the record paints a picture of both reflective night drives through ‘Blade Runner’-esque metropolises and introspective, isolated Scandinavian evenings spent pondering life itself - which makes a lot of sense, given Anders crafted the record in Copenhagen and New York, after a year spent relentless gigging in the US and Europe.

Whilst Trentemøller may have evolved into a complete band for touring purposes, the entirety of the music is still composed and produced by Anders. It’s only actually after the album is written and recorded that his sonic vision is reimagined and then collaboratively transformed, together with a host of musical accomplices, to create what has now become his renowned concert experience.

However, with ‘Fixion’, Anders has purposefully limited the on-record musical accomplices.
“‘Lost’ had so many vocalists, so this time around I
consciously decided to work with fewer. I guess, it was an attempt to sort of “anchor” the record’s ocean of vibes and atmospheres. To build a more singular voice that would ”guide” the listener through the album,” Trentemøller explains.
This time around Anders chose fellow Dane Marie Fisker, Giana Factory’s Lisbet Fritze and Savages’ Jehnny Beth - a natural call given he spent part of 2015 mixing the British post-punk quartet’s latest opus, ‘Adore Life’.

“I’ve been a huge Savages fan since their debut record. I met their producer Johnny Hostile at a festival in Paris and ended up inviting him out to support us on our tour. Jehnny actually tagged along for some of the dates.
Afterwards, he dropped me a line and asked me to mix the next Savages record. Myself, Johnny and Jehnny built a real friendship in the process so it felt right to ask her to sing on a few of the songs. She has this really intense and unique voice and it ended up being really challenging, and fun, to take that voice out of the
Savages’ universe and into mine.”

Marie Fisker, a mainstay of the Trentemøller live constellation, has also been a long-time studio collaborator of Anders’ and her four songs on ‘Fixion’ mark their third musical partnership.

“Marie has such a powerful and unique voice that fits my music quite naturally. I had her in mind as soon as I started writing. She ended up singing on four of the songs so she’s definitely the voice that kind of leads you through the album. Having toured so extensively with Marie, we’ve come to understand each other’s capacities and that really pushes us to challenge and inspire each other. I reckon that’s the driving force behind our songwriting.”

Lisbet Fritze is no stranger to collaborating with Anders either. Having previously been the touring guitarist of the Trentemøller live act, Anders ended up producing her, now defunct, Copenhagen-based band Giana Factory’s swan-song ‘Lemon Moon’.

But, why ‘Fixion’?

“I simply love the idea that you can build up this imaginary world with music. To me music is fiction. It’s not only something that exists separately from reality. Fiction is the unreal reality. Both belong together and are one.
I think fiction and music can be used to both confront and criticise reality, but also to escape that very same reality. And that’s the beauty of it.”

credits

released September 16, 2016

Written, arranged, produced and mixed by Anders Trentemøller. Lyrics written and performed by: Marie Fisker on ’One Eye Open’, ’Redefine’, ’My Convicition’, ’Spinning’.
Jehnny Beth on ’River In Me’ and ’Complicated’. Lisbet Fritze on ’When The Shadows Fall’. Johnny Beth appears courtesy of Matador Records / Pop Noire.
All instruments played by Anders Trentemøller.
Additional bass played by Lisbet Fritze on ’One Eye Open’ and ’Redefine’, by Jeppe Brix on ’River In Me’. Additional guitar played by Jeppe Brix on ’Never Fade’, ’Circuits’ and ’When The Shadows Fall’. Additional drums played by Jakob Høyer on ’River In Me’. Additional toms played by Jakob Høyer on ’One Eye Open’. Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, assisted by Chris Allgood. Creative direction and photography by Andreas Emenius Studio. Junior Art Director Alexandra Stroemich.

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Anders Trentemøller´s talent for melodic moments and exceptional productions, fused with his trademark sound between indie and electronic, has established him as one of the most respected and admired artists and remixers. With ‘Fixion’ he crafted a logical successor to ‘Lost’ - a record that managed to truly capture the visceral live experience of Trentemøller as a full-band. ... more

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Track Name: One Eye Open
Be my picture on the wall
And be my shadow when I call
I’ll parade the monsters in my heart for you
I’m gonna tear that mask off and show you
who I really am
Who I really am
Paris at night disguised my longings before your eyes
Streets were burning and I could not tell
Did you see? Did you pray for me?
When I was gone
I sleep with one eye closed
And my back to the wall

Did you think of me at all?
Did you not listen when they told you I would fall
Streets were burning and I could not tell
Did you see? Did you pray for me?
When I was gone
I slept with one eye closed
And my back to the wall

And I left, left it be your chase  
to figure out
If moral is you thing 
I left you with no doubt
They said I was crazy 
They said 
Holy is the vicar and the vail
Blind fools betray you with lies
And I say
Maybe but you seam a little pale
Come on let’s go dancing in the night
and I’ll show you something holy to me….
Track Name: River In Me
There's a river in me
Running to the sea
There's a river in me
A river when you hold me

I am the rock
She is the sea
Shaping each other's forms

As time goes by
And waves go forth
Her face is relaxed
Her body Climaxed

Now the river is dry
Left me unsatisfied
There's no river in me anymore
No more kisses on the shore

Feels like loosing my head
Footprints deep in the sand
As I cast about my options (I see)
Close to the shore
A diver who descends
To the ocean
He may come back with my girl
Or he may never never return

Feels like loosing a leg
Something on which you stand
As I cast about my options (I)
Become aware
I'm the diver who descends
To the ocean
I may come back with my girl
Or I may never never return

Whatever you choose
Don't choose to look away
Whatever you choose
Don't choose to fade away
Track Name: Redefine
Redefine
Roses and Vine
curling up around my leg
roots and juice

I will not hear
What they said before
was just a lie and I was a mess

Falling apart in December
Now that it’s noon in September
I can reach you calling again and
I take what I’ve been missing

Sheen in you eyes
Strong as the tide
And I know you will glow 
when the spring turn to wings
and I won’t be alone 
oh we tossed the sins of centuries

Come on, come on, come on……sing with me

Falling apart in December
Now that it’s noon in September
I can reach you calling again and
I take what I’ve been missing

Redefine
Roses and Vine
Redefine
Roses and Vine
Track Name: My Conviction
This - my four leaf clover
reminds me not to think things to death
This - my way of pulling
is beyond the question about the hen and the egg

Making this up from memories
Memories made up from making

This - Is my conviction
for the love of everyone’s believe

You can have everything you want
If you will have it…you can

-commit your self!
Track Name: Spinning
I failed to see 
the big picture
it’s so obviously
and I linger
A big hole in me as your holding up 
the frame around what could have been
you and me

It’s plain to see
what you’re making me feel
I can’t change a thing
Can’t make believe
You’re reeling me in 

Oh the body obtain 
What your head might resist 
Making me high and making me spin 
Dizzy I’m falling I’m heading in
heading in

You’re reeling me in 
shamelessly shamelessly

We’ve been here before
And I’m falling
All over In love again 
A big hole in me as your holding up 
the frame around what could have been
you and me
 
It’s plain to see 
what you’re making me feel
I can’t change a thing
Can’t make believe

I’m falling
You’re reeling me in 

..reeling me in 
…reeling me in…
Track Name: Complicated
first you feel the breeze
of sudden promises
a dream without a trace of nightmare to it

they never tell you the way it is
never tell you how it feels
time invested 
in a life you now feel
like wasting

shut the windows
block the doorway
you look at me babe
but I don't know what to say
I won't let this turn me evil
let this be your lesson

loving me is complicated
loving me is complicated

do not confess you love me less
what am I to do?
you blind my eyes with lust for you

I don't need your voice in my head
I just want to be a nice person
I won't let the sun through this walls
let the darkness roll

get out of my head
I need you to get out

shut the windows
block the doorway
you look at me babe
but I don't know what to say
I won't let this turn me evil
let this be your lesson

loving me is complicated
loving me is complicated

get out of my head

loving me is complicated
loving me is complicated
Track Name: Where The Shadows Fall
Night after night
Echoes a bad dream
Waiting for it to disappear 
Drifting with joy and fear

Left you when you were sleeping
Floating into the dark night
Shadows of nightmares reappear
Sinking so deep into

To a place where the shadows fall
To a place where the meadows call
To a place where the trees stand tall
To a place I no longer recall
To a place where the shadows fall
To a place I no longer recall
To a place where the shadows fall
To a place I no longer recall
Track Name: Redefine (Trentemøller Rework)
Redefine
Roses and Vine
curling up around my leg
roots and juice

I will not hear
What they said before
was just a lie and I was a mess

Falling apart in December
Now that it’s noon in September
I can reach you calling again and
I take what I’ve been missing

Sheen in you eyes
Strong as the tide
And I know you will glow 
when the spring turn to wings
and I won’t be alone 
oh we tossed the sins of centuries

Come on, come on, come on……sing with me

Falling apart in December
Now that it’s noon in September
I can reach you calling again and
I take what I’ve been missing

Redefine
Roses and Vine
Redefine
Roses and Vine