His latest LP, Prins Thomas 5, is a less extravagant take on space disco. It was produced soon after Principe Del Norte and at the same time as Square One—as with those LPs, there's an ease to much of Prins Thomas 5. That's due in part to its bouncy yet gentle basslines, as on the dreamy "Venter På Torske," and "Villajoyosa," which surrounds its robo-disco low end with aqueous synths, bubbling keys and chiming guitars. That guitar is another common thread running through the LP. The drowsy strumming that leads "Ø," for instance, provides a warm bed for angular keys and jittery percussion. Another motif is a tremolo organ tone, which lends a haunted aura to the somnambulant "Bronchi Beat"—conceived, Hermansen says, while "heavily influenced by prescription cough medicine"—and emotional uplift to the loose-limbed "Lunga Strada."
The LP's calmest moments are its standouts. The gentle beat, sweet bassline, percolating keys and sighing synths of "Αθήνα" summon an idyllic feel. The near-ambient flutter of "London Til Lisboa" would make a perfect companion to a sunrise. The shimmering tones of "Aske Hermansen," hovering over a meandering bassline, give the song a sense of melancholy—no surprise, since the track was, according to Hermansen, "made on the road missing my wife and kids." As with much of Prins Thomas 5, it shows that he's shaped his music into something that's both intimate and universal.