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Hans-Peter Lindstrøm - Oslo Night Tales

Author: Cyclone
Thursday, 2 August 2007
It’s not all about French electro or the nightclub hipsters of Berlin in 2007. Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is leading Norway’s gentler electronic revolution. And, at that, he’s rediscovered the music’s soulfulness.

Indeed, Lindstrøm is charming fans with his “space disco”, or neo Balearic – the very antithesis of Norway’s creepy death metal.

He oversaw a stellar album with Prins Thomas for Eskimo. Recently the producer presented the retrospective It’s A Feedelity Affair, encompassing his cult I Feel Space, through the Feedelity imprint he devised in 2003. Lindstrøm attributes a love of melody to his roots in ’80s pop. He’s only astonished that others don’t value the tune.

“Most people are preoccupied with bass and drums – and some stuff is really monotone,” he says, bemused. When his peers do venture into songs, they rip off LCD Soundsystem. “I wish there was some more experimenting – take some chances and do something weird!”

The irony is that Lindstrøm is a late convert to dance music. He was exposed to country as well as pop in his hometown of Stavanger – known for its oil industry – before relocating to Oslo to study literature at uni. Here, the multi-instrumentalist became fascinated with electronica.

Now he’s the latest act to assemble a volume in Azuli’s Late Night Tales series. He succeeds Nouvelle Vague, Air and Belle & Sebastian.

“I really like that series of mixes because they’ve been made by musicians more than DJs,” he says. “Since mix CDs are more of a DJ thing to do, I think it’s interesting sometimes to hear musicians selecting tracks.”

For his comp, Lindstrøm – a veteran of “dodgy” rock outfits including a Deep Purple tribute band – has selected records by Gina X, Sly & The Family Stone, and Dusty Springfield. There is an occasionally folksy, occasionally poppy, yet always offbeat Nordic sensibility. It’s the music he favours at home.

“The Dusty Springfield track [Baby Blue]… it’s not Son Of A Preacher Man, but it’s a disco track which sounds more like Abba or something,” he says. “I’m a big pop fan. If I play something at home, it’s all the classic stuff like Abba, the Bee Gees, the Beatles and the Beach Boys.

“I like that Dusty Springfield track because it’s not that known. It’s not what most people think of when they think about Dusty Springfield, but it’s a really good melodic disco track from her.”

Elsewhere the Norwegian unveils an “exclusive” cover of Vangelis’ Let It Happen. In fact, he’s no Vangelis worshipper.

“I haven’t been listening to that many of his albums, because I find some of it a bit boring,” he laughs. The selector admired the simplicity of Let It Happen. “It sounds like an under-produced pop track and I thought, What if I make it sound a bit more contemporary-”
Besides plotting further covers, Lindstrøm is cutting an album of his own and a collaborative LP with Solale (aka Christabelle). Meanwhile, he’ll re-issue “a lost prog cosmic classic” from Norway’s Alf Emil Eik on Feedelity. Incidently, the forgotten rocker also appears on Late Night Tales.

“I’m happy just to spread his music worldwide,” he says. “It really deserves some more listeners than only Scandinavia in the ’70s.”

WHAT: Late Night Tales: Lindstrøm through Stomp
WHEN: Out now