Noted Icelandic composer olafur Arnalds may be best known to many for soundtracking mournful British murder dramas, but his work on Erasing Tapes is as accomplished as that of Nils Frahm, both working solo and as one half of Kiasmos. After last years self-titled debut LP, Arnalds is back with Janus Rasmussen to dive deeper into the plaintive, gossamer-light house territory they so comfortably dwell in. "Looped" swells up in wondrous configurations of Nordic elegance, all lingering piano chords and emotive synth tones to sweep you of your feet. For the remix, Dauwd take a delicate approach that gets plenty of choppy edit processes into the mix without interrupting the stately qualities of the source material, while Lubomyr Melnyk creates an engrossing solo piano reworking of Kiasmos' "Burnt".
Since first popping up on Erased Tapes at the tail end of the last decade, Kiasmos has delivered some notably picturesque and atmospheric music that defies easy categorization. The Icelandic duo is at it again on Blurred, an EP that gleefully fuses intricate electronic melodies and chord progressions with a variety of unfussy, dancefloor-friendly grooves. Highlights are plentiful, from the fluid Nils Frahm pianos, bubbly electronics and locked-in beats of "Blurred" and melancholic, string-laden shuffle of "Jarred", to the twinkling, yearning deep house shimmer of "Paused". Bonobo provides a headline-grabbing remix of "Blurred" full of his usual expansive instrumentation and tactile tech-house beats, while Stimming gently beefs up the intricate and blissful "Paused".
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