Feature | Trentemøller – “Transformer Man”
In the case of “Transformer Man”, Trentemøller enlists one of his frequent collaborators, Marie Fisker, to replace the cheesy disco-adjacent, vocoder portion with her somber vocals. This rendition finds entirely new ground and moves beyond the realm of a remix or a cover song. The only aspect of the track that remains constant from 1982 to 2018’s version is the sense of otherness and frankly, strangeness. This is not a dig on either artist, but instead a commendation on the ability to make an alien sounding tune feel both emotional and relevant. Trentemøller’s release finds him producing a stark instrumental that expertly blends space and intimacy, most notably via Fisker’s detached, yet affecting performance. This coupled with more melodic synth work provide a much more enjoyable experience than Young’s original and largely failed attempt at something resembling disco-pop ever did. The lyrical content especially lends itself to being more relevant with this new version of the song. “Transformer Man” is another in a long line of releases that cements Trentemøller as a wholly original artist and its no wonder how he has garnered both critical acclaim and a worldwide fan-base over the years.
“Transformer Man” is a part of the newly released Harbour Boat Trips Vol. 02 Copenhagen by Trentemøller and can be purchased via the artist’s BandCamp page. Listen to the track via Spotify below.