Danish producer and electronic music artist Tomas Barfod released his debut solo album, Salton Sea to praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Gorilla vs. Bear, and Dazed & Confused, thanks to a sound that’s been described as a sophisticated mesh of electronics, and a purely improvised sound, as it was written and recorded while Barfod was on the road.
Love Me, the much-anticipated follow up to Barford’s debut continues the Danish producer’s reputation for crafting a rich but improvised sound but he adds collaborations with the likes of a string and brass section, Here We Go Magic’s Luke Temple and long-time collaborator, vocalist Nina Kinert.
The latest single from the album, “Busy Baby” is comprised of a languid yet sinuous bass line swirling electronics, urgent, insistent synths and Nina Kinert’s unhurried, seductive coo — and the track manages to evoke a slickly produced mesh of 80s synth pop with the modern production of electronic dance music. Naturally, I’ve listened to this track a number of times and every single time I’m reminded a bit of Peter Gabriel’s collaborations with Kate Bush – especially anything off the So album.
Recently, Barfod and Nina Kinert performed “Busy Baby” on a tennis court, in the middle of a residential area and it gives an implausibly surreal sensibility to the song and the performance while simultaneously grounding it in everyday life. You actually see curious but detached onlookers peer out of the windows to see what’s going on – before going back to whatever it was they were up to.