Kiasmos – Kiasmos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 50:56 minutes | 511 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Erased Tapes
Kiasmos is made up of Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup. By focusing solely on their self-titled debut album, Ólafur and Janus have been able to combine and further develop their unique sound aesthetics to complete an album driven by their mutual love for electronic music.
Made in Ólafur’s newly build studio in Reykjavík, Iceland, a majority of the album was recorded using acoustic instruments next to a variety of synthesisers, drum machines and tape delays. It features a live drummer, string quartet and Ólafur performing on the grand piano, producing an ambient, textured sound, which makes it a perfect home listen and equally danceable record. If you listen closely, you can spot them record the thumb piano, finger snapping and even the sound of the metal grinder of a lighter slowly to replace the usual electronic hi-hat sounds, giving the album a far more intimate and unique atmosphere.
‘Nothing short of outstanding’ – Crack Magazine
‘Striking, graceful and completely naked’ 9/10 – Clash
‘Kiasmos is all about the slow build’ – The Skinny
‘They just make it sound so easy’ 8/10 – Drowned In Sound
‘Sumptuous electronica from the Arctic North’ 8/10 – Uncut
‘As assured as it is enveloping’ ★★★★ 1/2 – Music OMH
‘The realms conjured are as dark as the cover image’ – Artsdesk
‘Light orchestral touches and piano phrases radiate around the production’s soft edges’ – Pitchfork