Kiasmos, “Bent”

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 10.07.14 in Listen to This

It’s taken composer/multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds and Bloodgroup frontman Janus Rasmussen seven years to complete their debut album as Kiasmos, and while they could have easily pieced together ideas from previous rehearsal/EP sessions, the Icelandic duo started with a blank canvas on their self-titled LP. Due out October 27 through Erased Tapes, the album taps the same tear ducts as melancholic techno masters like Pantha Du Prince and The Field, but has the added benefit of the live dance loops both artists bring to Kiasmos’s sample banks.

“I am very excited to get a proper record out exploring a different territory than I am used to,” Arnalds explained in a press release. “I touch a lot on electronic genres in my own music but never have the opportunity to go full out electronic like we do here.”

No kidding; songs like “Bent” could pass through the hallowed halls of Berghain and no one would even notice the neo-classical and electro-pop creative partners behind it.