Six Cups of Rebel - SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND
FILTER Grade: 72%
By Jon Falcone on February 9, 2012
Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is a producer. His own albums, in particular, have him pulling out tunes with more rasp and a more earthen, harder funk than his cosmic dance sets, as we hear here. Opener “No Release” is styled a la Steve Reich, a cascade of church organ that jumps into the late ’80s/early ’90s pop-dance of “De Javu,” which has the infectiousness of C+C Music Factory. So why flange-phase into it so conventionally when fun could be had in the transition? The album is on the harder side of Lindstrøm’s output, with only flecks of calm stealing the show. “Quiet Place to Live” is too slow in getting to its synthesized block chords and arpeggios that light up an otherwise cumbersome track. “Hina” delicately threads a sumptuous and shoegazey two-note vocal refrain through endlessly fascinating musical bubbles, and closes the album with a bang. Six Cups of Rebel isn’t bad, but it is heavy-handed—and nowhere near his strongest.