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. Based in Reykjavík, Arnalds used to work as a sound engineer, often for Rasmussen's other projects, where the two musicians discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds.
Kiasmos mark their return in 2017 with a new 12” EP titled Blurred.
Since their 2015 Swept EP, the duo have been performing shows extensively across the world. After
writing and recording together in their native Iceland this year, the pair will be bringing a glimpse of
light to a particularly gloomy time of year as their light sounds are brighter than ever.
Words from Ólafur and Janus, August 2017:
“To write new material felt like a new beginning for us after two years of touring. The plan was to
write something a tad darker than our previous stuff. Spring in Reykjavík had other plans though, as
this turned out to be our brightest release to date.” — Janus Rasmussen
“Stimming was one of the reasons we started making four-on-the-floor music and we have been
listening to Bonobo since we were young, so it was a great honour that they wanted to contribute
remixes for the EP.” — Ólafur Arnalds
The EP closes with remixes from British producer Bonobo and German electronic musician
Stimming, taking tracks Blurred and Paused into different coloured realms. Read more