Norwegian electronica duo Röyksopp burst onto the international scene in the 2001/2002 season with their hugely successful debut album ‘Melody A.M.’ which spawned such anthems as ‘Eple’, ‘Poor Leno’ and ‘Remind Me’ and subsequently sold more than 1 million units. Finally, the Bergen duo’s long-awaited sophomore album is now drawing close to a completion, representing one of the year’s possible highlights on the global electronica scene.



In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Röyksopp’s Torbjørn Brundtland confirms that a follow up to ‘Melody A.M.’ is set for a summer release. Brundtland also reveals details of an album that is likely to be even more melodic that its predecessor. Says Brundtland to Billboard: “I can tell you that this is definitely a sound which for us is more looking towards the future, than being as reminiscent of the past as our last album was. Even though the last one was called ‘Melody A.M., this one is even more about melody. For those who want the atmospheric pieces that were on our last one, they’ll probably have to wait for the third album. As it feels right now, we are going extremely into the sort of melodic epic side of things, but the beats aren’t as soft as they used to be.”

In the Billboard interview, Brundtland admits that there will be even more vocal contributions on the new album, but declines to name any names.

Brundtland also reveals that the Bergen-based duo is poised for a live-comeback, even though as he says: “we never considered ourselves live musicians. But it seems like the songs went down really well, no matter where we played. We have a very sparse setup, so to speak, but we feel energy is more important than having 20 people on the stage.”


According to a meter on Röyksopp’s web-site that measures progress on the new album, the duo has roughly 15% work to do before a new album is ready for release.

For those who just can’t wait to hear some new and fresh Röyksopp tracks, one can recommend another hot-tipped Bergen act that has been lent a hand in the studio by the two electronica savants. Songstress Annie debuts internationally with her ‘Anniemal’ (679 Recordings) out on March 7. Röyksopp have contributed to several tracks on the album, including Annie’s latest hit ‘Heartbeat’ that’s now seeing increasing airplay all across Europe.

Read the entire Billboard.com interview with Röyksopp’s Torbjørn Brundtland here.

The as-of-yet untitled Röyksopp album will be released on Wall of Sound in Europe and Astralwerks in the US. sd
 
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