Many stateside trainspotters have been enjoying this sublime disc via import since its international release last year.
Many stateside trainspotters have been enjoying this sublime disc via import since its international release last year. Now available here—complete with a U.S.-only bonus disc (containing remixes and videos)—Melody A.M.'s soothing, atmospheric, and beautifully chilled landscape is ready to conquer America. Röyksopp's Nordic masterminds Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge know their way around gorgeous samples, funky beats, cinematic flourishes, and leftfield keyboards. Never mind the duo's deft handiwork with keen melodies and pastoral harmonies. Lead single "Poor Leno"—replete with chunky, funky house grooves—is currently scoring major points on dancefloors. Another potent club track, "Remind Me," is all squiggly bass lines (recalling classic acid house tracks), melancholic synth effects, and dreamy male vocals. The breezy and quirky "So Easy" and "Eple" are Madison Avenue faves, while "Sparks," "In Space," and "She's So" are cafe essentials. Like debuts from Zero 7 and the Avalanches, Melody A.M. is well-situated to sit pretty in many critics' annual top 10s come December.—MP