BY MICHAEL TOLAND
Emil Nikolaisen comes from Norwegian shoegaze/psych band Sereena-Maneesh. Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is one of the same country’s best-known DJs/electronica producers. Todd Rundgren is Todd Rundgren. After remixing one of Lindstrøm’s tracks, Rundgren joined the duo in Oslo to produce Runddans, a 40-minute multi-part suite combining space disco, glitchy electronica and Rundgren’s patented soul/pop. Sections float between atmospheric textures like “Liquid Joy From the Womb of Infinity” and dramatic groovers like “Waves of Heavy Red (Disko-Nektar)” to heart-on-sleeve confections like “Put Your Arms Around Me.” Melody tends to take a backseat to sonics here, though it’s still in the car, and the deliberate bumps and cracks in the narrative may irritate those not already on board with electronica’s tendency to casually fuck things up.
But the layered production suggests what Rundgren touchstones like Initiation and A Wizard, a True Star might have sounded like as produced by the Orb. Fans of Rundgren’s more song-oriented LPs may balk at Runddans, but fans of experimental electronics will grok the vibe.
DOWNLOAD: “Waves of Heavy Red (Disko-Nektar),” “Liquid Joy From the Womb of Infinity,” “Put Your Arms Around Me”