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Lindstrom

It's a Feedelity Affair

(Feedelity; US: 24 Oct 2006; UK: Available as import)

It’s hard to believe this is Lindstrom’s debut; but then again, it’s really a collection of previously released vinyl singles. Nice to have them in one convenient package. The Norwegian electronic wizard has been remixing the DFA and killing electroheads around the world with hits like “I Feel Space” for a while, so much so that the label “space disco” already feels entirely his own. On It’s a Feedelity Affair, Lindstrom pads this idea from a few angles and generally succeeds in crafting pinging, space-filled chilled techno that’s surprisingly understated, surprisingly compelling. In fact, much of this music sways decidedly Balearic, with a hint o’ Latin (“Gentle As a Giant”‘s pattering percussion) and a constantly swaying synth backdrop. His best songs, like “There Is a Drink in My Bedroom and I Need a Hot Lady”, fill space and time gorgeously, altering the timing of the synth melody in a standard clashing-resolving cycle that’s obvious but effective, and a natural evolution over the course of 10-plus minutes that never flags. “Fast & Delirious” sounds almost as deceptively simple as a Mylo track—but if you listen closely, the pinging synths make a twisted sense; an obviously carefully-constructed homage to this outer-space aesthetic. As an introduction and overview, a Lindstrom 101, It’s a Feedelity Affair is entirely adequate; but to be a seminal electronic artist, Lindstrom still needs to prove his versatility. Given his prolific output, there’s no doubt he will rise to the challenge.

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Dan Raper has been writing about music for PopMatters since 2005. Prior to that he did the same thing for his college newspaper and for his school newspaper before that. Of course he also writes fiction, though his only published work is entitled "Gamma-secretase exists on the plasma membrane as an intact complex that accepts substrates and effects intramembrane cleavage". He is currently studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia.


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