Kiasmos are a duo made up from Olafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. Their new EP, Swept, is their first new material since their Looped EP which was released for Record Store Day 2015. It is a mix of percussion driven gentle piano music, drum loops and synth washes and club-style music with the emotive framework you’d expect from an Erased Tapes release. Swept contains three new tracks and a remix by Berlin duo Tale Of Us.
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I bet Olafur Arnalds has a really fucking good winter-wear collection. Temporarily abandoning his role as the man who makes neo-classical music next to a fireplace that also brews hot chocolate or something, he revitalises the Kiasmos project in conjunction with electronic dude Janus Rasmussen. What happens when they get together is that it sounds like two of their records are being played overtop one another; Arnald’s soft and warmly pronounced piano playing trundles by, ambient vocals pasteurize the land and a hushed electronica, brought about from looping drums and synth-y additives, adds the flavour of urgency.
This short EP proves the Kiasmos proejct to have the same emotive properties as ever, as if offering a counterpoint to the more ecstatic melodic punch of labelmate Rival Consoles. “Gaunt” brings in the beats only after a synthwash and a bit of Sigur Ros-lite vocal crackle has laid down the track’s plaintive intentions, the track bursting into life as an afterthought. As the beats start to hit -- bluntly, as if they’re hitting a hard floor -- Arnald’s piano chords come back in with a second wind of melancholy.
This is a rather gorgeous EP, and one that the whole young Norman contingent can get behind, combining my love of distraught music with Laurie’s love of bangers. It’s “Swept” where the two artists feel most deftly balanced, with the IDM electronic palette feeling more forceful -- the rythmic more a character than an additive -- while the piano travels with it, not in parallel to it.
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