Anders Trentemoller released The Last Resort in 2006, and the groundbreaking album, praised for its astonishing composition and sound design, is as breathtaking as ever. Conveying a wide range of emotions, the 13 instrumentals on the LP are characterized by "subtle melodic miniatures, dreamy ambiences, dusty beats, and driving groove-excursions." They are electronic productions but incorporate a variety of acoustic instruments, which add an organic feel to the overall sound. While the dance framework—techno, tech house, etc—is present at large, the tracks are not necessarily geared toward the dancefloor. Rather, the album remains introspective throughout, and the vibe is closer to a soundtrack to a film than something you'll hear during a night out. Speaking on the project, Trentemoller says, "it reflects my life, my thoughts, my needs, my insecurities, my longings." It's personal, constantly shifting in mood, and contain calm as well as stirring moments, with some of the highlights being "Miss You," "Take Me Into Your Skin," "Into the Trees," and "Like Two Strangers." Upon initial release, the vinyl version of the record only included some of the selected tracks, and for the first time ever, The Last Resort, in its entirety, is pressed on triple vinyl.
- cutting by Calyx
- gatefold sleeve
- includes download code
- Poker Flat Recordings 2006 / 2018
reviewed by rei kwondo 09/18