Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi teams with Carl Michael von Hausswolff on new project Dark Morph.
The vocalist and songwriter teamed up with the Swedish conceptualist artist last summer, sailing across the seas of Fiji on board the research vessel Dardanella.
Continually making sound recordings, the two built up a potent bank of samples, ranging from - the press note informs Clash - "humpback whales in Tonga, bats in Fiji, and the strange murmurations of shrimps in the waters between..."
Dark Morph will release a full studio album later this year, assembled at a studio in Jamaica during January.
The project came to life last summer onboard in the seas around Fiji, where hydrophone and field recordings made by the pair were sampled and manipulated during a trip driven by artistic exchange and collaboration.
Carl Michael explains...
“While we were on the boat I started to take the recordings, manipulate them and mutate them into drones or other types of musical functions—so we could use the sounds as instruments for building compositions. We decided, ‘Let’s try not to have them sounding too much like real sounds, let’s turn them into something else.’ When I had done some drones, some long tones out of a bird or something, I gave it to Jónsi and he started to peel off certain types of melodious things, and then play it to me. And then we started to just throw the ball back and forth.”
'Dark Morph' will be available digitally (via Sigur Rós’s imprint Krunk) and on vinyl (via The Vinyl Factory) on May 10th - order LINK.
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