Release Date: Nov 20, 2020
Record label: Smalltown Supersound
Genre(s): Electronic, Downtempo, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Ambient Techno, Neo-Disco
In the decade since Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas released their last album, the revelatory space-disco voyage II, electronic dance music underwent several shape-shifting transformations: the explosion and fizzle of mass-market EDM, a U-turn toward classic house and cerebral techno, and fusions of ambient and jazz with global rhythms. It's a testament to the Norwegian pair's steadfast, forward-thinking style that their third album, III, picks up right where II left off and still sounds remarkably current. It's as if Hans-Peter Lindstrøm and Thomas Moen Hermansen had been waiting for the perfect moment to re-enter the conversation and found it inside 2020's strange collective pause.
Nu-disco luminaries Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas released several acclaimed albums and EPs during the 2000s, fusing bubbly Balearic house with the farthest reaches of wigged-out cosmic rock. They spent much of the 2010s working on their own respective projects, but they continued collaborating on remixes for artists ranging from the Chemical Brothers to London Grammar to Cerrone, in addition to remotely developing original material. Their third proper album arrives 11 years after their second, and on the surface, it seems like they were in no rush to finish a new record.