Norwegian producer Lindstrøm on his fifth solo album of synth-laden space disco. Plus, Úlfur’s new experimental, ambient compositions.
NYC-based Icelander Úlfur 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. A graduate of Mills College, in California, in 2013 Úlfur 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. Úlfur steps into the studio to talk with producer Saxon Baird about his new LP Arborescence, a longform and dreamily unstructured collage of soundscapes, electro-acoustic processing, vocals, synthesizers, electronic production and cinematic string arrangements. Later, Lindstrøm, the “King of Space Disco,” calls in from his home in Norway to chat about his fifth solo album, It’s Alright Between Us As It Is, which culls all the sonic territories of his past work into a nine-track cosmic treat.