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Tune of the Week – “High & Low”

The best music is made by people who always think big. My iTunes counter tells me that I’ve listened to “Real Life Is No Cool” more times than anything else in the last few months. There are some albums which …

Thu, Jan 7, 2010, 13:15

   

The best music is made by people who always think big.

My iTunes counter tells me that I’ve listened to “Real Life Is No Cool” more times than anything else in the last few months. There are some albums which work best at certain times of the day – the morning soundtrack has been provided of late by new albums from Hunter-Gatherer, To Rococo Rot (new album “Speculation” is a wow), Blockhead and Midlake, while I find Beach House, Errors, Freelance Whales, Two Door Cinema Club, Surfer Blood and The Soft Pack do the trick in the hours after lunch.

But “Real Life Is No Cool”, the debut album from Hans-Peter Lindstrøm and Isabelle “Christabelle” Sandoo is another set of tricks entirely. It just ignores the clock and operates in a space-time continuum of its own making.

You’ll probably know Lindstrøm as the cosmic disco don who, often with Prins Thomas in tow, believes that there is nothing wrong with an epic ten minute proggy disco wig-out that won’t sound twice as good as a 20 minute blowout. Sandoo is a singer that Lindstrøm worked with on a couple of singles before they came together for “Real Life Is No Cool”.

It’s a five star delight all the way, an album full to the brim with imaginative ear candy, dashing disco pop and beautifully scrawled electronic squiggles. Every groove just works, wrapping itself around your head and coating your ears with absolutely fantastic, often giddy, always enthralling sonic goo. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile, you’ll shout, you’ll scream, you’ll throw yourself about with much abandon.

I’m going with the closing track “High & Low” as the pick from the album. It’s disco as a blue note and a sigh in the dark. Perfect for today because, baby, it really is cold outside.

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