Bjørn Torske - Byen
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #648 / 831
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
July 6, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Smalltown Supersound / Label
Nu-Disco, House / Genres
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A.V. Club

Some of Byen’s best moments are when he lets some of that permanent midnight in on his aural sunshine.


While not as spontaneous or weird as some of Torske's other efforts, Byen is unmistakably well-crafted, and works on the dancefloor as well as a soundtrack for zoning out.


What Byen is, is hardly a surprise, with Bjørn Torkse showing us time and time again his commitment to the sonic identity that he has so effectively established. Still, we can't help but hope that after eight years, he may have tried something a little more off the beaten path.


Byen might be a decade removed from the form’s peak, and it might not break much new ground, but it does mark a welcome return to space disco for its creator.

Resident Advisor

Byen is Torske's most restrained full-length yet, and less diverse than past LPs like Feil Knapp and Kokning, both of which dipped into ambient and more abstract sounds. That makes for a smooth listen, free of the "skrangle-house" elements of older tracks like 2007's "God Kveld" and 2010's "Furu." But Byen could use more of Torske's signature sense of chaos.

Spectrum Culture
The album finds Torske not so much stretching his limits as taking a comfortable stroll through the territory he helped outline. The music here is immediate and consonant, resulting in an uncomplicated album that feels content with its firmly middling style.
another one of those albums that works fine as background music that you don't pay much attention to, but if you really put all of your focus on it, you're not getting much of substance here.
smooth to the ear.
Comfortable and smooth electronic. It's like slipping into your favorite pair of lounge pants and just relaxing.
With 'Byen,' Torske offers up a warm, summery dose of minimalistic electronic music. The album ebbs and flows beautifully through its luscious piano melodies and its ability to use synth to great effect.

"Clean Air" is a wonderfully imagined, piano-driven number, while "Fanfatas" shows his funk leanings. Occasionally, a lack of variation does rear its head though - "Gata" features the closest thing to vocals that the entire album sees, with its soaring chants. ... read more
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Track List

  1. First Movement
  2. Clean Air
  3. Fanfatas
  4. Chord Control
  5. Gata
  6. Night Call
  7. Natta
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Added on: June 15, 2018