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Marcus Schossow Set to Release ‘Myrki Heima’ Album Under Alias Oliver Englafjord

Thursday, July 09, 2015
Daniel Taibleson

There’s a top-flight producer behind the alias (or some might say behind the living, breathing, about-to-start-touring alter-ego) of Oliver Englafjord. His name... Marcus Schossow. [caption id="attachment_12637" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Marcus-Schossow Marcus Schossow[/caption] A project in the making for almost a decade, Marcus is finally releasing his highly anticipated album ‘Myrki Heima’ under the alias Oliver Englafjord. The tracks are dark and minimal and Marcus Schossow has created videos to go with them. Below is a quote that explains the ethos of the video series in more depth: "A citizen of an unidentified Nordic city, Oliver’s life musings visually push through the fourth wall of ‘Myrki Heima’s music. Across a series of 5-minute accompanying film shorts, sound-tracked by the album’s audio, Englafjord half-ponders/half-narrates his life, the universe & everything. The meanings of Oliver words are initially cryptic. Only through the 4 video chapters, framed against the urban, metropolitan and bucolic Nordic locales that accompany ‘Myrki’s release, does his story become clear."

Watch the 4th and Final Chapter here:

Myrki Heima is out in North America on the 12th, Europeans can grab it starting tomorrow (the 10th!).

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Marcus Schossow explaining the genesis of Oliver Englafjord: “I started this project to basically learn about new hardware I had, and to explore what happens if I used it to make music that had no rules. At the time I’d been traveling around Iceland and was inspired by its nature and peacefulness. I started to play this material to a friend of mine and he suggested that I should develop it into a full album. I wasn’t so sure, but I uploaded some masked demos to YouTube, for fun and to see what people – not knowing it was I - would say." "The reactions were overwhelming and it began doing the rounds on the underground blogs and forum boards. So I decided to follow that friend’s suggestion, get on and make this album. It was a natural process, but as a side project, it took 3 years to complete. No deadlines, no pressure, no one knowing what I was working on and as I say, no rules." "After many years of producing and DJing the music I produce and DJ, it was an amazing freedom and liberation to do this - a sabbatical of a kind”, continues Schössow “Deep inside of me, I’ve always been a melodic techno guy, but I’ve always felt that I’d like to go down this path sooner or later. I never expected that instead of finding the path, that path would find me. This alias is all about freehand music with no compromise and I’m beyond excited to embark on this journey with Oliver and see where it takes us all.”

Oliver Englafjord - Myrki Heima Tracklist

01. Torshavn (6:51) 02. If Grey Was The Colour Of The Sun (7:52) 03. Myrki Heima (5:17) 04. Reykur (5:41) 05. Sólsetur (6:24) 06. Vetur Ljósin (8:00) 07. The Sad And Troubled Oscillator (6:04) 08. Molntus (10:14) 09. Svefnlaus (8:24) Digital Bonus Tracks 10. 1922 (5:34) 11. Douch (7:02) 12. Into Dawn (10:06) 13. Metaphorsis (4:56)

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