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Release Date: 03 November 2017
Format: LP Vinyl

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NYC-based Icelander Úlfur releases his stunning new album Arborescence in October 2017, released through Shazhad Ismaily’s figureight records. Support across key press targets has been strong, with Stereogum providing the first premiere of album material on Sept 1st 2017. The album will be trailed by three singles, all with full worldwide press representation through ForceField PR (Mount Eerie, Black Dice, Panda Bear). A unique talent, Úlfur (Luxembourg-born, Iceland-raised, NYC-residing Úlfur Hansson) is known as much for his genre-defying experiments with homemade instruments and electronics as he is for his work with prominent Icelandic trailblazers Jónsi (of Sigur Rós) and Ólöf Arnalds, and Sweden’s Anna Von Hauswolff. As a composer - a graduate of Mills College, California - Úlfur in 2013 received the prestigious Young Composer of the Year award from the International Rostrum of Composers, and has had works commissioned by The Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet and l’Orchestre de Radio France. Arborescence is his brave and immersive newest LP, navigating a trail between these many worlds. Its pieces are longform and dreamily (un-)structured, made up of soundscapes, electro-acoustic processing, vocals, synthesizers, electronic production, all framed by intricate, cinematic string arrangements (performed by label-mate and múm co-founder Gyda Valtysdottir) and cataclysmic explosions of noise (provided in part by the transcendent and superlative drumming of black metal hero Greg Fox). The record alternately traverses moments of stillness and vulnerability and moments of violence, covering all the ground between as it travels. Arborescence was produced by Randall Dunn (SUNN O))), Earth, Marissa Nadler, etc.), and also features the wonderful musicianship of Skúli Sverrisson (Blonde Redhead, David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Laurie Anderson, Ólöf Arnalds) and Zeena Parkins (Björk, Jim O’Rourke, Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, John Zorn). Like the sound of wind whisking through fine-tuned machinery, brisk and gorgeously dense...Tantalizing” Stereogum “Gorgeous soundscapes that verge into the near-mystical...Extremely immersive...Sacred” Spin “All string-y dread and drone” Pitchfork: Featured Track “Organic, dark elements [lurk] amongst the play of tone.” Cyclic Defrost

Featured Tracks:
Side: 1
1. Serpentine
2. T—;mi_ Titrar
3. Rhinoceros
4. Fovea

Side: 2
1. Weightlessness
2. Vakandi
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