Can you feel the darkness in the world? Rising authoritarianism, climate change, racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism creeping into the mainstream – there are massive problems in this world. Lindstrøm has felt that too. His new project / EP / album (does four songs equate to album these days?) On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever takes a different tone from what we normally see with him. The cheery, summery synth-pop records that sprinkle his discography are gone. The vocal features are gone. Instead comes a darker, more experimental set of songs.
On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever has a freedom to it where he isn’t trying to fit them into a DJ set or Spotify playlist, but rather into whatever vision he wanted.
“I felt totally unrestrained making this album,” says Lindstrøm. “I’ve listened to Robert Wyatt’s solo albums and his Matching Mole’s debut album a lot lately. It so effortless, fearless and free. And not insisting. I was very inspired by this”
Each song has its own thesis that it sticks to throughout the full approximately 10 minutes. The album starts with the somber “On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever” with long synth tones and quivering darkness in the background. “Really Deep Snow” feels like the title with a heaviness that weighs on the song, but still a mind for quirkiness and experimentation with an organ solo in the middle.
But not all is lost in this world. Sprawling and decadent, “Swing Low Sweet LFO” provides a cheer to the LP and sounds like it could soundtrack a frenetic ballet. The album then ends on the contemplative and slow-forming “As If No One Is Here.”
Part of the freedom on this album comes from a new way of making music. Over the past 15 years of making music, he created using various computer programs. On the new LP, he used 30 synths to create this album.
“The joy of making music on actual physical objects and devices makes a lot of sense to me now. After working on a computer for over 15 years, I don’t think I’ll ever look back,” explains Lindstrøm.
Lindstrøm offers a new way to consume his music with this small, but lengthy batch of songs that at times are resplendent and upbeat, but often sinking into a dark synth universe. There is a free-flowing nature to the album that all sticks together, but each song does feel distinct in its own way. Get your copy on Bandcamp.