The history of disco in the Nordic countries, particularly the Scandinavian ones, is nothing short of rich. With “Kjeiken,” Norwegian producer Even Hymer Gillebo, known more commonly as Cavego, is set to add to that legacy. A glimmering, linear disco tune inspired by the 1970s but embellished with the digital touches of this decade, “Kjeiken,” from the producer’s recent Gudbransdalen EP, is as futuristic and cosmic as it is rooted in classic, familiar electronic sounds.
Opening with phaser-covered synths and more readibly audible synthetic arpeggios, “Kjeiken” quickly and smoothly transitions into a midtempo funk slither. It goes on to pair a slick bass groove with euphoric oohs and aahs and, later, not much of anything. Over the course of “Kjeiken,” Gillebo doesn’t hesitate to switch from minimalist pulsing to horizon-spanning ecstasy, and his continual flip-flopping keeps the song vibrant and interesting.
Throughout its runtime, “Kjeiken” is as high-definition and shiny as disco songs come, further adding to its copious glee. It’s surprising to learn, then, that many of its sounds originate from vintage synthesizers. It turns out that Gillebo has more of a fondness for the pastoral than for the metropolitan, despite how nocturnal and city-like “Kjeiken” sounds: The song is named after the farm where his family spends its summers. Its sounds are meant to represent Gillebo’s journeys to the farm through pine forests, heather, and moss.
The track’s relationship to farmland and the countryside are hidden in plain sight. Gudbransdalen‘s artwork is drawn in the sunset-drenched, sunglasses-covered animation style often associated with disco, which makes it easy to miss that mountains, stars, trees, and plains are what it depicts. Using the sprawling and the futuristic to conceal the rustic and nostalgic seems to be a specialty of Gillebo’s, and “Kjeiken” is a shining example, musically and figuratively, of how craftily he achieves this trick.