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Back in 2014, Röyksopp released what was billed as their final album, The Inevitable End. While Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland vowed to continue making music together, they announced that this was “goodbye to the traditional album format”. Since then, the Norwegian electronic duo remained busy, soundtracking a comedy theatre show based on the work of Franz Kafka, contributing to Rick Rubin’s Star Wars Headspace compilation, and dipping into their archives for the Lost Tapes reissue series.

 

Now, Röyksopp unveil Profound Mysteries, an expanded creative universe and a prodigious conceptual project accompanied by the release of ‘Impossible’ featuring Alison Goldfrapp.

 

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“It’s been great working with the wonderful Svein & Torbjørn from Röyksopp. I’ve been a fan of their music for years and it was a fascinating joy creating ‘Impossible’ together. I truly hope everyone enjoys the track as there’s more to come,” says Goldfrapp.

 

On January 1st, 2022 Röyksopp launched the film ‘(Nothing But) Ashes…’ and fans were encouraged to Press «R». Alongside the Kasper Häggström-directed short film ‘BJA’, a second piece of music, ‘The Ladder’, was released. A new artefact and visualiser, created by Australian contemporary artist Jonathan Zawada, brought the music to life. All elements are accessible through the Profound Mysteries portal.

 

Following the premiere of ‘The Downfall’ by Marc Reisbig, another chapter is revealed with ‘Impossible’ featuring Alison Goldfrapp – the first human voice to be heard on Profound Mysteries. A third artefact and visualiser designed by Jonathan Zawada expand the collection.

 

Profound Mysteries will be available from April 29th on CD and cassette only, with vinyl to be announced.

 

“As human beings, what we don’t know vastly overshadows what we do know. As teenagers, we would discuss our own fascination and preoccupation with the infinite and the impossible – the most profound mysteries of life.” – Svein Berge & Torbjørn Brundtland

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