Hfn Music, 2012
REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 04/25/2012
Kasper Bjorke just might be the busiest guy in the music industry. A producer, DJ, solo artist, and manager of multiple bands, it’s safe to say this icon from Copenhagen has his hands full at all times. Gaining notoriety as one half the duo Filur, he picked up a handful of awards and Filur made a few very well received discs before Bjorke and his partner went their separate ways.
Somehow finding time to record his own music despite his many other creative outlets, Bjorke just landed his third album Fool, which finds the artist expanding on his electronic music that borrows plenty from New Wave and disco. He pens all the tracks on his own and then invites collaborators to add guitar, bass, FX, and guest vocals. Singer Jacob Bellens (Murder and I Got You On Tape) contributes to four tracks here.
Much like vinyl, Fool is divided into two sides. Side “Foolish” is the more experimental portion, a space-y, atmospheric, and unconventional exploration into Bjorke’s creative mind. These tracks are darker in scope, largely instrumental and more akin to Bjorke’s house influences. The “Hunger” side displays the more straightforward bittersweet love songs, with plenty of vocal work from both genders. “Lose Yourself To Jenny” the first single, is an instantly addictive track of charmingly crafted melodies. “Deep Is The Breath”, the disc highlight, is an exceptional duet with Emma Acts (The Inbred Family) and on “Bohemian Soul” Bjorke collaborates with one of his favorite bands Laid Back on a bass heavy, jam inspired gem.
A visionary who has turned his music into a highly refined art form, Bjorke is hands down one of the most internationally esteemed purveyors of indie dance sensibilities. Music that leaves your body unable to sit still, yet still packed with plenty of soul and depth, while most electronic music seems designated for a certain demographic, Fool flirts with enough pop influences to have plenty of mass appeal.
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