A year and then some in the making, Kiasmos' eponymous debut both embraces and contradicts what we've come to expect from Icelandic music. Grandiose and epic, sure, but equally understated and irreverent. Ask Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen, the musicians behind Kiasmos, about what inspired their collaborations, and you're more likely to find out it was beer, whiskey and dwindling day light, as opposed to fjords, glaciers and gorges.
Following on from their sold out album launch show at Village Underground, Kiasmos returns to play as part of Convergence. For this show the duo play the hallowed surroundings of St John at Hackney. The faded grandeur of the creaking building being the perfect backdrop to their music which collides electronica with classical instruments.
The reason why London-based producer Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, sounds so human is because the tracks don’t start life solely locked in synthesisers. West often composes early ideas on piano, violin and guitar long before the electronic layers are added creating a great texture and depth to his work. With ‘Odyssey’ (2013) and ‘Sonne’ (2014), West gained a reputation for making thoughtful electronica that spans a wide spectrum of musical ideas. As an accomplished sound designer, he has repeatedly performed at the Tate, and recently created a bespoke audio-visual performance for Boiler Room at the V&A. Ryan has also produced remixes for New York based composer Nico Muhly and UK producer Jon Hopkins, and composes original music for dance, film and television.
With their new album ‘Dilate’, Vessels are firmly focused on the euphoria of the dancefloor. ‘Dilate’ is a culmination of four years of musical exploration which has seen Vessels transform themselves from sky scraping guitars into fluid electronics, creating live shows where people go to party rather than admire time signatures. It comes as no surprise then, that this evolution sees an increase in DJ activity, formulating sets that sonorously blend this DJ influenced album with their love of techno.