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Jóhann Jóhannsson
Orphée

Night in with some wine for this one. One of the greats of modern classical, Johann Johannsson, returns with a new studio album after 6 years of soundtracks and collaborative efforts. Cinematic and immersive, Johannsson uses electronics, ambient textures and drones around masterful piano and string pieces. For fans of Ma...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Arrival (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jóhann Jóhannsson is known for his modern composition skills, often working with stately piano and subtle electronics. But for his original soundtrack to the big new film Arrival, he follows the plot’s lead by centering his compositions around the voice. The results can sometimes recall Holly...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Mandy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The horror film Mandy, directed by Panos Cosmatos and starring Nicholas “Not the bees” Cage, was the late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final film score commission. Easily as equipped to convey the intense unease required of a horror film soundtrack as the pathos of its more melancholy stages, JJ a...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Englabörn & Variations

Ah this is sad. Johann Johannsson was personally involved with the preparation of this re-issue of his debut album in the weeks before his untimely death.  After consultation with his family it's been decided that the re-issue should go ahead and this works as a lovely tribute to the man. It now comes re-mastered and with a...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
The Mercy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Aside from his solo output and numerous collaborations, Jóhann Jóhannsson has been growing a long list of film scores, including Arrival, Prisoners, and The Theory Of Everything. His latest is this score for James Marsh’s The Mercy, about the infamous saili...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
The Theory of Everything

The modestly titled Theory Of Everything is the latest astrophysical blockbuster about the life and times of renowned scientist Stephen Hawking. Chronicling his life in both the personal and professional sphere, it needs one of those minimal but ultimately touching soundtracks, and composer Jóhann J&oa...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
IBM 1401, A User's Manual

The JOHANN JOHANNSSON album 'IBM 1401 A Users Manual' has landed in my review pile. It's a thoroughly pleasant album this one. It makes me feel all big and grown up listening to classical music. It's a pipe and slippers job man. This has huge sweeping, epic strings galore and in places is not unlike the soundtrack to a BBC wildlife do...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen
I Am Here

Interesting to see Touch stalwart BJ Nilsen turning up on the soundtracks to films that star Kim Basinger. This is the LP release of I Am Here’s original score, in which Nilsen works alongside Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (and wonderful cellist Hildur...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Englaborn

Johan Johannsson: 'Englaborn' (4AD) A re-release previously out on the Touch imprint, this sprawling epic across sixteen tracks, covers the field of contemporary classical that will appeal to fans of modern electronica and the sort of tinkling, glacial pop often associated with a host of Icelandic artists .Across the tracks we are treated to wave a...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Fordlandia

Johann Johannsson. Well if ever a man was to forget his own name, this chap would only have to remember half of it to re-assemble his whole being. He's on 4AD with this album 'Fordlandia' and i'm rather taken aback by this Icelanders' modern classical/ambient sound galaxy. With a nostalgic look at presumably the days of the Ford phenomenon and tech...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson with Hildur Guðnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
End of Summer

Jóhann Jóhannsson has made a film, a collage of super 8 footage of his Antarctic travels. The film is accompanied by an ethereal, suitably icy soundtrack by Jóhann himself, working with wonderful cellist Hildur Gudna∂óttir and Robert Aiki Aubrey Low...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Prisoners (Original Score)

Icelandic composer/producer Johann Johannsson and his score for the Denis Villeneuve film of the same name, the film centres around the abduction of two young girls and stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gylennhaal, the movie seems to have a pretty bleak storyline so I guess the music has to fit with that. It’s all very long drawn out strings pie...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Copenhagen Dreams

Beautiful, haunting, twinkly, rainswept, poised. People at Norman Towers are shouting out adjectives to describe this beautiful LP which will (hopefully) make you want to buy it. You shouldn’t take much persuading. This is a truly special album which does everything that ...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Virthulegu forsetar

This is a vinyl edition containing a recording of one hour-long piece for 11 brass players, percussion, electronics, organs and piano. The first two sides contain trumpet drones, the second two sides also contain trumpet drones. I'm not sure what the 11 people do (squeeze Johann's toothpaste perhaps?) as its very, very minimal throughout with no...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
The Miners' Hymns

I picked this up and misread it as 'The Miners' Wives' and I thought ey up Johannsson.... what you been up to! Anyway so I don't sound like an ignorant fool (or anymore of one) I'll briefly explain the premise of this. I do feel these days half of things I write about the concept ...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound O

I really loved that 'Fordlandia' CD by Jóhann Jóhannsson and now 'And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees', his formerly self-released soundtrack, has been lovingly pressed up on wax by neo-classical label-du-jour Type. Rousing tides of orchestral beauty mingle with sombre piano interludes and discreet electronic flouris...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees

I really loved that 'Fordlandia' CD by Jóhann Jóhannsson and now 'And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees', his formerly self-released soundtrack, has been lovingly pressed up on wax by neo-classical label-du-jour Type. Rousing tides of orchestral beauty mingle with sombre piano interludes and discreet electronic...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
The Sun's Gone Dim And The Sky's Turned Black

JOHANN JOHANNSSON is a new name to me. Not wanting to sound ignorant 'n all but there's one too many Johann's in his name. Mind you I have a tiny brain and struggle with many many things. Multi Johann has signed to 4AD (after a few albums on Touch) and it's lush stuff. Neo classical music with some tiny twinkles of electron...view item »