21 Apr 2015

Kiasmos by Kiasmos

Nick Bollinger reviews an electronic suite from Icelandic electronicists Kiasmos for The Sampler

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Kiasmos, the Icelandic duo of Olafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen, write and perform with synthesisers and drum programmes, augmented by the occasional acoustic piano, live strings or percussion.

What distinguishes their self-titled debut from so much downbeat electronica are the little sonic events – at times almost comic - that grab your ear and hang on. It is not demanding, which might be what makes it so refreshing.

Songs featured: Lit, Held, Swayed, Burnt