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Discover: Jóhann Jóhannsson

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Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic musician, composer and producer. He is also the founder of the record label "Kitchen Motors" which specializes in concerts, exhibitions, film productions, books and more...

He has released five solo albums: two on Touch, 2002's Englabörn and 2004's Virðulegu Forsetar, Dís on Worker's Institute (2005) and two on 4ad: 2006's IBM 1401, a User's Manual and 2008's Fordlândia.

One week ago I bought his latest album "Fordlândia" and to my great surprise, I fall in love with this magnificent blend of contemporary classical melodies with electronic ambient sounds that create an atmospheric experimental soundtrack for great escapes! Discover its beauty and let your mind free to trip to its beautiful dark sound-scapes. If only I had known about this briliantly crafted gem earlier it would definetelly be included in the Top 100 albums of the year and perhaps at the top 3 records of the year.

Fordlandia will hook you.

Other projects of Jóhann Jóhannsson:
  • Apparat Organ Quartet: A five piece band consisted of four organists and one drummer. They sometimes describe their music as "Machine Rock and Roll" but the standard definition of their sound is "Organ Quartet Music", a completely new genre. Apparat Organ Quartet´s members include:
    1. Musikvatur, who has collaborated with Múm and has released several solo singles.
    2. Hordur Bragason, a former associate of Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch and by day, an organist in Reykjavik´s largest church congregation.
    3. Ulfur Eldjarn, also a member of the group Trabant and former member of Kanada.
    4. Arnar Geir Omarsson, who has worked with Magga Stina, Ham, Lhooq and others.
    5. Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Production on Mark Almond's "Stranger Things", Barry Adamson and Pan Sonic and many others...
Similar Artists: Max Richter, Ólafur Arnalds, Goldmund, Hauschka


Here is a clip from his latest album Fordlândia. The song is called "The Rocket Builder".