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Kiasmos - Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and Faroese musician Janus Rasmussen – are returning, renewed and restored, with II. The triumphant follow-up to their universally acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014, which re-envisioned minimal techno with orchestral flourishes and weightless production. They’d made most of that album in just two weeks; this time it’s been 10 years. The making of II was a test of their friendship, but also testament to how great musical chemistry can always go the distance and be just the same as it ever was.

They worked on a lot of II during the lost year of 2020-2021, including a trip to Ólafur’s studio in Bali. “We spent a month there and wrote a few songs that ended up on the record,” says Janus. The pair sampled traditional Balinese percussion like the gamelan and incorporated Janus’s field recordings of their natural surroundings – the sound of birds, crickets and, on standout track ‘Dazed’, echoing the sunrise over the lush landscape.

Kiasmos have an enviable knack for conveying complex emotions and evocative visuals with instrumental music. But this time they’ve got more experience as producers to draw on. The album’s expansiveness can be linked to Ólafur’s intervening years as a Grammy-nominated composer and prominent soundtracker in film and TV. And they’ve subtly shifted from four-to-the-floor to the frenetic broken beats of UK dance music, experimenting more with BPMs, echoing Janus’s time spent DJing in major venues worldwide. There are still those aching melodies that fans know and love but they’re catchier too: tracks like ‘Laced’ and ‘Bound’ have an irresistible, elastic bounce beneath the ethereal palette.
Item Details
Item No: 1124747
Artist: Kiasmos (Olafur Arnalds & Janus Rasmussen)
Title: II Bio Vinyl Edition
Label: Erased Tapes
Catalog No: ERATP168LP
Format: Vinyl 2LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing: EU – Original
Release Date: 2024
Genre: Electronic & Dance
Style: Downbeat | Electronica | Leftfield
Available since: 2024-07-01
Condition: New
Price: 27,99 €
Weight: 500g (plus 250g Packaging)
Tracklist
A1 Grown
A2 Burst
A3 Sailed
B1 Laced
B2 Bound
B3 Sworn
C1 Spun
C2 Flown
C3 Told
D1 Dazed
D2 Squared
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