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You could never accuse Hans-Peter Lindstrøm of lacking ambition. Whether it’s with fellow Norwegian partner in crime, Prins Thomas, or on his lonesome, as he is here, Lindstrøm aims for the stars. Perhaps that’s to be expected when you’re one of the leading lights of the cosmic disco sound. His third solo studio album sees Lindstrøm draw in influences from classical baroque, prog rock, Italo house and avant-garde electro-pop. Sprawling across seven extended tracks, it opens with a jolt.
‘No Release’ sees Lindstrøm repeating a simple phrase on a church organ, under which a rising scale slowly, inexorably squeezes you, like a Vulcan death grip before – BANG! – ‘De Javu’ releases the tension with a rollicking 4/4 Batucada stomp. It’s the first of several tracks where Lindstrøm sings, although he knows his limitations; the vocals are dripped in effects and mangled through trippy filters.The album’s most uncomplicated offering, ‘Quiet Place to Live’, finds Lindstrøm intoning over a crushing house march before it morphs into Daft Punkish robo-disco. For the most part, however, ‘Six Cups Of Rebel’ might prove to be something of a challenge; there’s more ‘out there’ experimentation than the joie de vivre of Lindstrøm’s work with Thomas. But it’s imaginative and endlessly intriguing.