Over the course of seven EPs and singles like “Closer”—a 2016 hit that’s amassed over 48 million Spotify streams—the Oslo-bred duo have brought both genre-defying ingenuity and refined musicality to their groove-heavy sound. On the heels of their 2016 EP Afterglow, producer/songwriters Ulrik Denizou Lund and Ketil Jansen are now delivering a retrospective album showing the scope of their vision and depth of their artistry.
Lemaitre’s first full-length release, Chapter One opens with the breezy, piano-driven pop of 2013’s “Cut to Black” and then journeys through their ever-evolving body of work. Among Chapter One’s selected songs: “Stepping Stone” feat. Mark Johns (a track whose “aggressively catchy groove…wrestles its way into rearranging the rhythm of your heartbeat,” according to Stereogum), “Playing to Lose” feat. Stanaj (praised by NPR as a “brooding R&B jam” that “capture[s] the highs and lows of intimacy”), and “We Got U” feat. The Knocks (hailed by Idolator as a “disco-infused, whistle-filled banger”).
Over the past year, Lemaitre have earned critical acclaim for 1749 and Afterglow, two boundary-blurring EPs that find the duo exploring everything from electro-swing to nu-disco to future bass. At the same time, Lemaitre have widened their reach by adding to their impressive list of syncs: “Closer” was recently synched for the Google Pixel phone commercial, while “We Got U” appeared in the FIFA 2017 and “Higher” landed in an Apple Watch ad.
Lemaitre have also spent much of the past two years on the road, and toured throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia. With their live experience including unforgettably explosive sets at Coachella, Lollapalooza Paris, Reading and Leeds festival, the duo constantly change up their show to specifically suit each audience and venue—sometimes appearing as a 10-piece act complete with a full horn section. “Having more musicians onstage definitely gives it more energy,” says Jansen. “It’s really important to us to bring in some of that live feel when we play, but still create a very electronic sound.