Redefining and fusing genres rather than obeying them
PREVIEW The epic dance track has had somewhat of a revival over the last few years, whether through the hipster strut of LCD Soundsystem's "45:33" (DFA, 2007), or the obliquely historical morphing minimalism of Ricardo Villalobos' "Fizheuer Zieheuer" (Playhouse, 2006). It isn't all that surprising to find Hans-Peter Lindstrøm joining this mini-movement since he brings the same sort of transcendent musical facility to space jams of the non-Bugs Bunny kind that Villalobos brings to techno. In fact, it seems natural: prog-inflected electronic music is built upon monoliths such as Ash Ra Tempel's epic "E2-E4." On Where You Go I Go Too (Smalltown Supersound, 2007) his first proper solo full-length recording after a half decade of 12-inch singles, compilations, and collaborations Lindstrøm presents a three-track, almost hour-long suite. The most audacious gesture is the 29-minute opening title track, which rides a midnight express on through the whirligig motif of Cerrone's "Supernature" and the bicyclist-breaths of Kraftwerk's "Tour de France" before reaching and extending a climax.
Elsewhere on Where You Go I Go Too, Lindstrøm flirts with gauche Euro trance sounds ("Grand Ideas") as much he does the seemingly chic-again disco touches (sublime closer "The Long Way Home") often associated with his recorded output. Redefining and fusing genres rather than obeying them, he's a leader, not a follower, though this particular change in direction has been a divisive one. While the electronic music guru of one Bay Area music store listed Lindstrøm's solo debut as his favorite recording of last year, another local shop trashed it. Rumor has it that Hans-Peter has been back in the studio with his sometime partner-in-crime, Prins Thomas. For now, he's visiting the Paradise Lounge, which owes some of its current liveliness to the disco revival his music has helped spark in San Francisco.
LINDSTRØM With Beat Broker, Conor, and TK Disco, and visuals by AC. Sat/31, 9 p.m.4 a.m., $15. Paradise Lounge, 1501 Folsom, SF. (415) 252-5017, www.paradisesf.com