The LP, inspired by Icelandic industrialization, is out in October.
Two Trains is Högni Egilsson's first album under his own name, though he's also released solo ambient music under the name ADSR. It's inspired by the early days of Icelandic industrialization, when two trains were run back and forth from the Reykjavík harbour to help build the port. After construction finished, the two trains were retired and now sit dormant, and no other train lines have ever run in the country.
The trains are a metaphor for Egilsson's personal life, the label says, and the album takes inspiration from "the spirit of the original European avant-garde," incorporating "chugging rhythms, metallic clangs and brooding choral arrangements."
Egilsson has been active in the Icelandic music scene for around a decade, as a member of the bands Hjaltalín and GusGus. He's the latest signing to London-based ambient and modern classical label Erased Tapes, following records from Penguin Cafe and Daniel Brandt.
Listen to "Komdu Me∂."
02. Shed Your Skin
03. Komdu Me∂
05. Drag∂u Mig
07. Break Up
08. Moon Pitcher
10. Enn Næ∂a Or∂
Erased Tapes will release Two Trains on October 20th, 2017.