Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Go to the Röyksopp website  Röyksopp - Melody A.M. [Wall Of Sound - 2001]

We get only seldom electronic music from Norway, since most of the bands concentrate on guitars, and even fewer of these bands reach the international charts. The more surprising it was to see the name Röyksopp appear in the big magazines, and even on music channels on television. I decided to give the debut album "Melody A.M." a try, and what a pleasant surprise it was!

Röyksopp (apparently this is the name for some kind of mushroom) is Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland and their music is an outstanding combination between electronics, ambient and lounge, with a touch of soul and jazz sprinkled here and there. Most of the ten tracks on the album are there to chill-out; lounge-friendly and relaxing melodies and not too many vocals used. Some of the songs however, are extremely funky (such as the singles "Eple" and "Poor Leno") and they might just as well reach the dance floor.

"What is Röyksopp up to?" was my thought after the first listen of "Melody A.M." (and many listens afterwards... In fact I'm still wondering what this duo is up to). This is due to the fact that all the tracks are quite different, but in some way they manage to get the best of all kinds of genres. Jazz ("She's So"), trip-hop ("Sparks", featuring Anneli Drecker), dance music with beautiful orchestral arrangements (on the 7 ½ minute long "Röyksopp's Night Out")... You name it and Röyksopp turns it into something inspiring and catchy.

Maybe the above description doesn't really describe enough what "Melody A.M." consists of, but to name a comparison (e.g. Air) would be insulting. Röyksopp is far better, more original and more refreshing than anything (or anybody) else. I can't think of a better debut album released in 2001...

Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5

Justin Faase
Latest Reviews

Röyksopp - Melody A.M.
We get only seldom electronic music from Norway, since most of the bands concentrate on guitars, and even fewer of these bands reach the international charts.
130421   Yasnaïa - Oniro
130421   Shohei Amimori - Ex.Life
130421   John Tilbury & Bertrand Gaugu...
090421   Marta Forsberg - TKAĆ
080421   Il Segno del Comando - The S...
080421   Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhi...
080421   Happy Times - Happy Times( DVD)
080421   Christopher Schiller & Tomás ...
070421   Death Has Blue Eyes - Death ...
070421   Placenta Lyposuction & Gravey...
Latest Articles

Shatraug - Into the Finnish Black...
One of the most respected & prolific names in Finnish black metal is guitarist & songwriter Shatraug. He has been highly active in the scene since th...
170321   Shatraug - Into the Finnish B...
170221   Mark Polonia - Of gore-bound...
100221   Danny Hyde - Coils of an Arab...
191220   Best Of 2020 - Music, Sound, ...
171220   Cold Light Of Day Interview w...
151220   Rien - Into The Crackle ‘n’ C...
181120   Llyn Y Cwn - Dark Elemental A...
151020   James Shearman - London Walling
220920   The Lux & Ivy Compilations In...
250820   Paige Davis, Michael Raso & L...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom