Tridact arrives amidst summer's quick fade, but it's the kind of seasonally-bound album that we just haven't seen so enough of this year. With Studio on what's increasingly looking like a permanent hiatus, Smalltown Supersound and Claremont 56 in relative silence and both PT and pal Lindstrom sucked into the black hole of the summer festival set, there seems to be a dearth of good beach-bum disco records this year (Terje's immaculate "Snooze 4 Love" an obvious exception). While Johnson's certainly not as sure-footed as those I've mentioned—he's accredited only with one previous song, compiled by both Ghostly International and Moongadget—his self-titled debut as Tridact mixes analogue sandy-toed AM gold pop with short boombox disco jams and top-down Balearic rock.
"J24 at Sunset," for example, has all the thumb-pressed tension of a spring awaiting release, with a buoyant bass roll and simmery synth spots. With its hip-hop patter and dizzying synth waves, "One Wheel Race" takes the time to curve through series after series of interwoven melodies and detours, while with bed-head acoustic guitar strumming and astral blurts of synth, "Light Minute" sets out to capture in audio the very moment your evening shades from dusk to pitch dark. "Cold Star" takes this shift and, as the title indicates, separates you from your earthbound view, with its distant lunar melody in sharp contrast to the track's growing disco swagger.
Another acoustic guitar-oriented stroll, "Sky Blue Dart" mines the sort of easy bliss you might have found in the Permanent Vacation camp a few years ago; "Time To Go" is sharper, not as red-eyed, a straightforward bit of star-dazed electro-disco that closes the album in as jumpy a mood as Johnson sets anywhere else here. It may arrive a little late to really quench our annual thirst for this brand of audio escapism, but Tridact is a promising debut for a virtual unknown; perhaps one last fond glimpse of a summer turning soon crisp and leaf littered.