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Almost eight years since their last album, Röyksopp have returned with an expansive new project titled Profound Mysteries.

 

Profound Mysteries is an ambitious mix of music and conceptual art. Every month since January 1st, Röyksopp have revealed an installment from Profound Mysteries, created collaboratively with a multitude of artists. The six installments so far include sonic collaborations with Alison Goldfrapp (Impossible), Astrid S (Breathe) and Susanne Sundfør (If You Want Me), each accompanied by a short film created by a director from one of Europe’s premier film production companies; Bacon. Röyksopp worked with nine of their internationally acclaimed directors, including Andreas Nilsson and Martin de Thurah, to bring each track from Profound Mysteries to life. An artefact and visualizer for each build the Profound Mysteries immersive universe further, created by Australian contemporary artist Jonathan Zawada.

 

You can hear and see everything so far at Press «R».

Founded in 2001, Scandinavian production company Bacon is one of Europe’s premier production houses, making films across genres to all platforms. Located in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm, Bacon represents a list of internationally acclaimed directors, including Andreas Nilsson, Martin de Thurah, and Emilie Thalund. Bacon has made music videos for acts like boy pablo and Active Child, won numerous awards at international shows like Cannes Lions and D&AD, and presented films at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festival.

 

So, let’s get to know the Bacon directors that Röyksopp have collaborated with in creating nine unique, immersive, and simply awe-inspiring visuals intertwined in the unraveling of Profound Mysteries.

KASPER HÄGGSTRÖM

Combining subtle humor, quirky narratives and strong visuals, Kasper Häggström has turned into a Norwegian director who never seizes to surprise in his filmmaking. He has won several UK Music Video Awards for his work for Kelly Lee Owens including “Corner of My Sky” starring Michael Sheen. His latest promo for Radiohead is another example of his uncanny ability to build an intriguing story around a simple idea. Häggström’s short film ‘BJA’ was released alongside Röyksopp’s ‘The Ladder’.

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MARC REISBIG

Marc Reisbig is a live action and animation director from Oslo, Norway. Over the course of his career Marc has made music videos, short films, documentaries, and commercials, showcasing his ability to invite the viewers into the universes he creates, whether they are based in reality or fantasy. Reisbig’s short film, ‘The Downfall’ was unveiled alongside Röyksopp’s ‘Impossible’ featuring Alison Goldfrapp.

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MARTIN DE THURAH

Powerful storytelling, emotional power and unique images are some of the qualities that have solidified Danish director Martin de Thurah as one of the absolute best in his field. He has created jaw dropping work for clients such as Bupa, Facebook, Ubisoft, Thomson, Playstation, Camelot, Hennessy and many more. And he has won almost every award there is, including Commercial Director of the Year by the Directors Guild of America in 2014 and 2018. Martin’s promo career is also prolific, shooting for James Blake, Feist, Editors, Royksopp, and David Byrne, picking up MVA’s and other awards along the way. Besides commercials and promos, Martin has made two short films and several art projects. De Thurah’s ‘The Conversation’ was released alongside Röyksopp’s ‘This Time, This Place’ featuring Beki Mari.

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ANDREAS NILSSON

Swedish director Andreas Nilsson is a short form filmmaking virtuoso. His work includes promos for acts like Kanye West, 2 Chainz, and MGMT as well as iconic commercial work for the likes of Nike and Old Spice. His film ‘The Epic Split’ featuring Jean-Claude van Dammefor Volvo Trucks was named Adage’s Ad of the Decade. In 2016 Andreas won the coveted DGA for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Direction. Andreas is known for his visually dynamic sense of humor. Nilsson’s ‘I Hate My Shelf’ was unveiled alongside the release of Röyksopp’s ‘Breathe’ featuring Astrid S.

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MARTIN WERNER

Since Martin Werner began his directing career in the late-90’s, the Danish filmmaker has grown into one of the most sought-after commercial directors in the world. Today, Martin works with top-shelf clients and creatives all over the world and is consistently in the running for the most prestigious international awards in the industry. Martin has worked with clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Heineken, Audi, IKEA, and Magnum with guest appearances from world-renowned names like Christopher Walken, George Clooney, Benicio del Toro, and Robert de Niro. Martin’s relentless energy and versatility makes him hard to box in, and his work is characterized by his ability to deliver superb storytelling and a cinematic feel across a wide range of genres. In 2001, Martin founded Scandinavian production company Bacon.

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IDA ANDREASEN

A graduate of the National Filmschool of Denmark in 2016, Danish director Ida Andreasen works in the field between live action and animation. Ida is an expert at stretching the imagination of what is possible while keeping her universes both compelling and relatable.

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MARTIN FURZE

Although it is still early days in Martin Furze’s career, the Danish director has created a lot of international buzz through sharp ideas and execution. His anti-trafficking film Voiceless Women for New Lives, for which he went undercover on the dark web to expose the grim reality of how sex workers are systematically dehumanized, has won numerous international awards, including Cannes Lions. And in 2021, He was named Next Director by D&AD. Visually, Martin always sticks to a tight aesthetic and creates images that make the viewers pause for a moment.

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ADAM BONKE

Through documentary, fiction, and commercial work, Adam Bonke has established himself as a filmmaker able to convey even complex narratives in a simple and gripping way. The Danish director often showcases a visually poetic approach, both in his commercial work and fiction.

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CHRISTIAN HOLM-GLAD

Christian Holm-Glad has directed and produced numerous long and short features and docs, tv-series, promos, and music videos. He has won a Norwegian Emmy Award “Gullruten” and is a veteran of international film festivals, receiving nominations and awards from festivals across the globe including Webby Awards, UKMVA and AmDocs. He has worked with artists and brands including Kygo, Apple, Calvin Harris, Discovery Channel, Madcon, Xbox, Kano, Serena Maneesh, Kaada, Thirstin Howl III and several others. Christian is now represented by Einar Film in Scandinavia.

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To celebrate the release of Profound Mysteries on April 29th, Röyksopp will be live on YouTube for the Profound Mysteries – Continuous Visual Experience at 8 pm CEST | 7 pm BST | 2 pm EDT | 11 am PDT.

 

Profound Mysteries is available from April 29th digitally and on CD and cassette with vinyl to be announced.

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