The 21st Century has witnessed Erlend Oye rise from obscurity to the limelight within the blink of an eye. True, his name may not be familiar yet but he has become "The Voice" for chill-out music thanks to being one half of Kings And Convenience and - more currently - being guest vocalist for fellow Norwegian duo Royksopp. Oye's first solo recording should further establish his reputation as it is a halfway house between coffee-table popularity and modern electronica. Even though each track is recorded in a different city across nine countries the most dominant sound is German with 'Ghost Trains' sounding like it was recorded at the same time as Kraftwerk's 'Computer World' album. Thankfully Oye's voice is the very epitome of European cool and he never needs to over-stretch his lungs. The defining statement is 'Every Party Has A Winner And A Loser' where the melody is every bit as lovely and doleful as Oye's soothing tones. The main criticism of 'Unrest' is that it does seem so stylised as if it is trying too hard to be modern, with a few tracks failing to wake the subconscious. Nevertheless the populist touches on this work should make this album another slow-burning hit for Norway.