It’s 16 years since the Avalanches’ era-defining ‘Since I Left You’. How can a follow-up that took so long sound so meh?
Lindstrøm – ‘Smalhans’
Oslo’s Hans-Peter Lindstrøm has gone back to bubbly basics
a satisfying if unadventurous snack. ‘Raakost’ (raw vegetables) is a dreamy analogue concoction, while ‘Eggedosis’ (something with eggs and sugar) features an obsessively circling synth. It’s a trick repeated twice too often here, less successfully on ‘Faarikal’ (lamb), but brilliantly on ‘Vafler’ (WAFFLES!), which burbles busily around its blissful spirals.
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