Monday, April 23, 2007

Bjorn Torske

When asked by Fact magazine whom he would sign if “money grew on trees,” Norse-disco master Prins Thomas answered, “Bjorn Torske” (if he could pull him out of his cave).

Despite his popularity (with Prins Thomas and others), the highly sought-after Norseman has not released an album since 2001’s Trobbel (Telle). Now, after six years, Torske is stepping out of his proverbial cave with Feli Knapp, set for release on Smalltown Supersound. Part Castlevania soundtrack, part future-dub-disco voyage, Torske’s new long-player is a step away from the melodic cosmic disco we’ve come to expect from Norway’s stomping ground (which includes Prins Thomas, Lindstrøm, Todd Terje, etc.

Taking influences from long-running multimedia collective The Residents and Rasta mystic Count Ossie, Torske fuses chirpy synth leads and manic live drumming for a spacey sound he’s patented as his own brand of dance music. The magic man is also hard at work with remixes for fellow disco purveyor Lindstrøm and experimentalists Sunburned Hand of the Man. Also check his series of singles on the acclaimed house label SVEK, plus tour dates, and remixes of many of the aforementioned acts.

Fred Miketa

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