Pop & electronica eye each with mutual curiosity: the latter longs to get stuck in a listener’s head like a pop song, the former longs to incorporate the exuberant sonic richness of electronic sounds. From his home base in Los Angeles, Jimmy Tamborello — aka Dntel, 1/2 of The Postal Service as well as the band Figurine— has transformed this mutual desire into an inexhaustible love affair. The magical, unforgettable melodies & strange, outlandish sounds of his music generate an intimate, unique universe. This is the backdrop for his forthcoming new album Aimlessness, out June 5th via Pampa Records.
Last month Dntel unleashed the 1st track “Bright Night”, & the album itself features guests Baths, Nite Jewel, & Geotic (side project of Baths’ Will Wisenfeld).
With the 2001 album Life is Full of Possibilities (released by Plug Research in 2001 & re-issued by Sub Pop in 2011), Tamborello established himself as one of the most important figures in the glitch scene, which has infused electronic music with new dynamism & complexity. Since then, Dntel has explored many different moods & worlds of emotion in numerous releases. As much as a certain degree of solitude & perhaps even isolation is a condition of his music, he has never been satisfied sitting alone in the blue glow of his laptop. As part of the band Figurine, he developed an at times charmingly bewitching, at times absurdly silly electropop sound. Together with Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, he started The Postal Service, whose song “Such Great Heights” was named of one Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Songs of the Past Decade. It caused a small sensation when Sup Pop signed Tamborello as its sole electronic act at the time, but it also took the artist somewhat out of sight of his European fans. Not so for Pampa founder DJ Koze, who met Tamborello after playing a gig in Los Angeles. Together, they decided to release Dntel’s fascinating Enya remixes on Pampa, but legal issues intervened and Tamborello released the tracks online instead. Nevertheless, they stayed in touch. As Tamborello began recording Aimlessness, Koze assumed the role of transatlantic counterpart, helping the artist mold the exuberant flow of ideas into tracks & the tracks into an album.