Release Date: 2010-12-01
Compared to Junior, Röyksopp’s Senior reflects a walk in the woods — filled with murky layers and distorted dwellings that leave the listener deep in thought. According to Röyksopp’s website, the album builds on every track, each “equally important as its predecessor and successor.” The first track starts at the beginning of an ellipses “… and The Forest Began To Sing” with a blissful, lackadaisical feeling. “The Alcoholic” opens with the sound of someone cracking a cold one, enjoying the taste, and completes the drunken process with a sober realization of existence. Similarly, the listener is ejected into a distorted experience of pleasure on the addictive track “The Drug.” Two songs later, “The Fear” turns up, hauntingly introverted and deeply meditative. Worlds away from Junior’s frothy pop, Senior is an excursion through experience, covered with striking sounds reminiscent of Massive Attack’s Mezzanine — tragic, but with an optimistic finale.