While it might've made sense to peg André Bratten as a nu-disco producer in 2013, when his first album was issued by Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label, he quickly moved beyond that sound with his successive releases. Following 2015's Gode, a much darker full-length which seemed to completely shun any notion of DJ friendliness, rather opting for a more expressive form of doomy downtempo and abstract techno, Bratten moved from the city of Oslo to a suburb, and he completely rebuilt his studio, restructuring all of his analog music equipment. A series of limited 12" singles appeared, and some of these tracks resurface on Pax Americana.
A relatively new arrival to Norway's cosmic disco galaxy, Oslo-based André Bratten distinguished himself early with a decidedly darker and more ominous take on the style's usual freewheeling nature, often taking inspiration from more serious, down-to-earth political issues. (The Gode LP, from 2015, takes as its theme the hardships of Norway's rural population during the early 20th century, for instance.)
With a title like Pax Americana, it's clear Bratten has some extra-musical topics on his mind — the title track was recorded ….