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TODD TERJE "It’s Album Time" (Olsen Records)

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Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014 5:00 am

Like many artists in the electronic-music world, Todd Terje has released his work in dribs and drabs — a single here, a remix there — whetting a latent audience’s appetite for his eccentric brand of Norwegian space-disco. After all of these teases, it was finally time for him to release an album, and so here is his debut, It’s Album Time. The music is every bit as cheeky as the title; the first four songs are devoted to lounge-y schmaltz, Latin-jazz tomfoolery, and (despite being instrumental tracks) a chap named Preben who dons a leisure suit and heads to Acapulco. That’s all warmup; the show begins in earnest with “Strandbar,” a bit of Stevie Wonder funk that morphs into a devastating banger that sounds more like Daft Punk than the last Daft Punk album. Bryan Ferry joins Terje for a dark, sultry rendition of Robert Palmer’s “Johnny and Mary,” which gives way to “Alfonso Muskedunder,” a goofy number that brings to mind a theme to a 1960s European spy picture. The album closes with the goods that everyone came for: two euphoric, seven-minute disco tracks that hint at heaven when heard through good speakers. All the twists and turns on the way resemble the playful dance party of a good Phish setlist, and the ending makes you ravenous for “It’s Follow-up Time.” 

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