Torgny: Icy Electronic Explorations


“Torgny is one of these incredible Scandinavian electronic pop producer/songwriter who seems to effortlessly create absorbing soundscapes that are chilling sparse, melancholy and beautiful at the same time.”
— Ear Milk

“We find Torgny doing what he clearly does best – to investigate new avenues in his imagination, pulling out ideas and forging new materials from his artistry…that’s exactly what the really great musicians do, from Bowie, to Lennon, to Eno. It’s pioneers that get us truly excited, with their freedom of mind and the removal of the shackles that come with a genre.”
— The Recommender

Torgny: Icy Electronic Explorations

Having established himself with highly regarded hardcore acts like Amulet, it may come as a surprise that Norway’s own Torgny (aka Torgny K. Amdam) has chosen to delve into the electronic and pop realms of late. However, the most pleasant surprise is that Torgny’s recent aural explorations bear none of the awkwardness one might associate with the transition. Rather than coming off like a thick-necked gangster in an ill-fitting suit, Torgny encompasses his new synth-laced electro beats like a well-tailored second skin. Case in point, his forthcoming EP, Trilogy, which is set to be released 1/23/2012, and features not only the three original tracks, but also deft remixes of each. For example, the hipper than hip Plant Plants have done a simply stunning job with their reimagining of the already brilliant “Big Day.”

When Torgny emerged with his 2010 debut, Chameleon Days, which featured the standout hit “Dying Hipster,” a brooding, slow burning track, drenched in the blissful siren call of Marie Due, we were confronted with the evolution of an artist not content to rehash old ideas, but intent upon exploring his own “soul searching presence.” This past fall Torgny released Oslo, 31 August, which functioned as his contribution to director Joachim Trier’s critically acclaimed movie Oslo, August 31st.

And now, to the delight of all involved, Torgny has once again partnered with Marie Due on his forthcoming release, Trilogy. Each Torgny track features Due and is accompanied by a narrative-driven mini-documentary exploring the lives of Norwegian youth, courtesy of Emil Trier’s lens. The combined result is a series of lucid dreams and soundscapes all composed with the same telling, unfettered frankness one would expect of Harmony Korine or Larry Clark visuals. And while elements of Torgny might draw comparisons to Daft Punk, Royksopp, or Apparat, the overall feel is of an artist beholden to no one but himself.