“Chameleon” and “Into the Trees” are two exceptions finding the same rich textures, but a more aggressive tempo. When I finished listening to this disc the first time, I figured it wasn't an album that begged to be listened to all the way through.
After repeated listenings, I find nearly every track beautiful in a sublime way. This is the kind of music one might find in a gut wrenching and emotional movie - the songs have that kind of impact. I find now that I really like this disc, but it isn't music for a casual listen - one should put on some headphones and immerse oneself in this disc.
Here is what some other websites have said about “The Last Resort”:
‘The Last Resort’ – a beautifully crafted, astonishing masterpiece that will leave you breathless. The 13 instrumental tracks together form a wordless musical story, almost like the soundtrack of a movie. It manages to capture a whole range of emotions in subtle melodic miniatures, dreamy ambiences, dusty beats, deep dub-tracks and driving groove-excursions. An ever-changing kaleidoscope of colours and moods, ‘The Last Resort’ without a doubt contains Trentemøller’s best work to date.
Taken as a whole, the mood might be slightly dark, but it is always exhilarating, never depressing. The Sturm Und Drang-like
cover art (not to self: is minimal the new goth!?!) might show where Trentemoller likes to think he is coming from (German electronic
Romanticism), but what’s inside shows what he is aiming for (international dance floors AND bedrooms, bodies AND souls). On that level,
it is an utter success. Add the fact that is it an album’s album, i.e. it doesn’t feel like a single’s compilation (even CD2 is highly
coherent), and you get one of the year's – and, let’s be frank here, Poker Flat’s very first – dance music landmarks.
Whether your godless world is ruled by chopped Magda/Hawtin productions or Digitalism remixes of Kaiser Bloc tracks, you’ll be lucky to hear anything more era-defining than this in 2006. All hail the real min2MAX king. No either nor or.
If we may say that Trentemoller is
a heavy minimalist, it means we are blaming his music. DJ and electronic music producer, he succeeded in keeping his name afloat,
and his music didn’t fail and cracked hardy the monthly wave of digital and vinyl music from the record shops. His last achievement
is this album which he worked more than one year for, since it contains many tracks, nicely arranged into a CD. Last year’s ‘best
newcomer’ is today’s well known and prolific artist. If anybody expects some music to dance to from this album, they might be disappointed,
or maybe just surprised. Trentemoller composed through this material a wonderful journey between downtempo, trip hop, electronica,
new age, chill-out, trip hop and breaks influences, everything under the belt of an electronic sound.
Trentemøller is actually Anders Trentemøller, a Danish minimal and tech house producer who has taken the underground music scene by storm in the last year or so. His remix work has popped up all over the place, from obscure producers to The Pet Shop Boys. His sound is typically very minimal while at the same time very rich and textured.
I had read nothing but rave reviews for “The Last Resort”, and when I found it used in a CD shop, I grabbed it. The first full listening I gave this disc was on a late afternoon drive home, and I must say that I was fairly puzzled. This is not really a dance album, but a series of rich, textured and melodic soundscapes surrounded by a deep penetrating bass and tight, almost insect like percussion. As a matter of fact, nearly every track is a slow tempo track with little straight up percussion to grab onto.