LONG PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: [22] Lindstrøm, “Where You Go I Go Too” (Smalltown Supersound)

[Photo by Lin Stensrud]

We hate half-baked countdowns just as much as the next cynic. That said, self-titled couldn’t help but stare in horror as good but not great (Fleet Foxes at No. 1 and 2? Really?) albums top the lists of other publications. Here’s one of 30 selections from our rundown of wholly recommended 2008 records …

On one level, Lindstrøm‘s three-song, 55-minute opus is the street-sweeping soundtrack to every child’s Knight Rider fantasies. (If you were born before the mid-’80s, that is.) On another–and this is the important part–it’s space disco stretched to its logical limit, and a loving tribute to the greatest analog epics of our time. Namely the era that produced John Carpenter‘s finest work and many a Moog-driven masterpiece.

To give you an idea of what you’re in for here, the shortest song on Where You Go I Go Too clocks in at 10 minutes, and it still manages to feel like an entire film score. As for the album’s towering title track, well it’s nearly 30 minutes, with enough peaks and valleys to keep you coming back for weeks to come. With separate Prins Thomas edits making everything slightly more digestible for the dance floor, this LP is a pure home listening/headphone experience, so save it for a long drive or the next time you’re reading a Philip K. Dick book in your living room.


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