driven by their mutual love for electronic music, ‘kiasmos’ explores the area in-between ólafur’s more acoustic, piano-based solo work & janus’s synth-heavy electro pop.
made in ólafur’s studio in reykjavík, iceland, a majority of the album was recorded using acoustic instruments next to a variety of synthesisers, drum machines & tape delays. it features a live drummer, string quartet & ólafur performing on the grand piano, producing an ambient, textured sound, which makes it a perfect headphone-listen & equally danceable record. the syncopation of programmed & live elements creates a unique groove reminiscent of the body music of brandt brauer frick or pantha du prince. “sumptuous electronica from the arctic north…with the sometimes overreaching sentimentality of arnalds’ strings neatly offset by rasmussen’s minimal techno tendencies” 8/10 – uncut.