Röyksopp on building a creative universe for their new work

“After seeing Mulholland Drive in the movies back in the day, we went out and we started talking. What was it about? How it ended and so on,” recalls Svein Berge, one half of Norwegian music duo Röyksopp. “And then we overheard a person saying, I understood everything – meaning it. And that just undermines everything! If you did, I feel a bit sorry for you. That’s not really the object and the idea of it.”
What prompted that change of course? “I think the somewhat pompous answer would be that we felt we had done the things we wanted to do within the traditional format. And also, given the times we’re living in, in terms of how music is being released and distributed and so on, rather than looking at those things as a hindrance, we saw that as opportunity and finding new ways of releasing the music in the future,” he explains.
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That’s the idea that the childhood friends turned long-time production partners want to latch onto with their new project, Profound Mysteries. “It’s that kind of sentiment, obviously not as dark as in Lynch’s universe, but we want to evoke, stir up something rather than just being, you being, or the listener being, or viewer being passive,” Berge explains.

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Profound Mysteries cover artwork by Jonathan Zawada

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