â€˜Loonâ€™ will be released on Erased Tapes as a 12â€ vinyl as well as digitally on October 2nd.
Pre-order it here: www.erasedtapes.com/store/index/ERATP072
or via iTunes: http://snip.ftpromo.net/loon
Containing five synthesiser-led pieces, â€˜Loonâ€™ was recorded in autumn 2014 across five days at Nilsâ€™s Durton Studio in Berlin, and continues on from the ambient sounds of â€˜Stareâ€™ but with the addition of more percussive elements and dub influences. For this new EP the duo wired an Oberheim 4 Voice and a Korg PS3100 to the mixing desk and performed live takes on both instruments. With all four hands on its pots, all mixes were recorded straight onto 2-track Â½-inch tape.
Like on â€˜Stareâ€™, their first collaborative affair in 2012, they simply followed what was laying in front of them, and this time they were driven by some new synths, a kick drum and tape effects. Indulging in dub, the tracks where all performed rather than engineered, with Ã“lafur riding a few elements on faders and Nils bringing effects in and out. After running several mixes, they went for the five strongest moments from this session. The release was announced on a joint website www.arnaldsfrahm.com together with the launch of an intimate 45-minute studio film titled â€˜Trance Frendzâ€™, featuring another seven improvisations.
â€œNils got some new synths and we thought weâ€™d try them out. We loved them so much that we didnâ€™t actually end up using anything else to make these songs.â€ â€“ Ã“lafur Arnalds
â€œWhen I was young I was smuggled to Goa parties by my brother. The music played there in the late nineties had a somewhat deep effect on me. â€˜Loonâ€™ is almost a blurry memory of these times. In other words, it is what Iâ€™d like to remember that music sounded like back then. In fact it sounded probably really cheesy.â€ â€“ Nils Frahm
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