Most of the contributors favor spare, simple elements to back Øye's delicate voice. Danish-born Norwegian transplant Björn Torske uses a snappy piano hook and a squelchy electronic bass line to make "The Talk" swing, while France's Minizza anchors "The Athlete" with treated clarinets. "Ghost Trains," produced by Morgan Geist of hot American duo Metro Area, sounds like the kind of warm and melodic electro-pop that Steve Masters used to play on Live 105 back in the late '80s, when artists like Cabaret Voltaire and Fortran 5 ruled his rotation.
Not all the collaborations work, however. The track with Atlanta hip hop scientist Prefuse 73, "Every Party (Has a Winner and a Loser)," recalls a cheesy soundtrack to an ancient video game. But with several countries and styles represented, it's amazing how cohesive Unrest sounds. It helps that Øye seems more confident and soulful with the digital backing -- you can almost imagine him scoring with the ladies, rather than whining about being ignored. Sometimes it's necessary to speak up if you want people to hear how good you are.