Andlaus

by PRINCE VALIUM

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A debut of sorts on Resonant, from yet another Icelandic artist; Prince Valium put the 'um' in Sk/um, the duo responsible for the fine IDM electronica mini-album "I Thagu Fallsins" in early 2003 (RESCD004/LP004), alongside Skurken (the 'sk' half).

Working both as a partnership and as individuals since then, "Andlaus" (meaning 'without breath') is the first material from the Sk/um members to see the light of day, so to speak, since the Sk/um release. This sees Valium - 30 year old Thorsteinn Olafsson - take a step back from the Plaid-style playful electronics of old, instead leaning notably towards epic soundscapes utilising both real instruments (guitar being predominant here) and his computer, to create what is ultimately an ambient album in essence.

Mostly instrumental - the exception being the breathtaking female vocal-led second track "Crying Hearts " - "Andlaus" is stunning, evocative and overwhelming, with widescreen production that belies its bedroom origins. Full press mailout, the results of which will follow.

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Prince Valium is the alter-ego of Þorsteinn Ólafsson, a 30 years old Icelander. A former member of various bands, Þorsteinn soon put his mind to his solo creations, mainly ambient electronic music. In 2003 he teamed up with Skurken, a fellow Icelander and together they made the album "Í Þágu fallsins", released on Resonant records. Andlaus is a collection of Prince Valium´s most recent creations. Using only a guitar and his computer, the Prince made the album in his bedroom over a relative short period of time.

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released January 1, 2006

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Resonant was a UK based independent record label. Artists included DO MAKE SAY THINK, TARENTEL, JESSICA BAILIFF WITH THE DITHERING EFFECT, BORKO, SZAM FINDLAY, SK/UM, ESMERINE, DIALECT, EMERY REEL, STAFRAENN HAKON, PORT-ROYAL, OLVIS, BLINDFOLD, LIBRARY TAPES, WHIP, KEPLER, THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING, YELLOW6, SMALL SAILS, CARTA & OUR SLEEPLESS FOREST .. ... more

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