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Music Review: Kiasmos - Kiasmos

Kiasmos Kiasmos [Erased Tapes; 2014] by Alan Ranta Rating: In Kiasmos, BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds and electro-pop producer Janus Rasmussen (Bloodgroup) combined their distinctive talents and common taste for minimal experimental electronic music to create a work that embodies the stunning mystical magnitude of the Nordic landscape. Made in Reykjavík, Iceland at Arnalds’ own studio, there are eight tracks on the eponymous Kiasmos debut that average over six minutes in length, tied together through their form: their delicately layered ambience, pulsing flourishes of 4/4 and broken beats, and minimalist progressions and repetitions of stately piano and violin in a Satie or Glass style.
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