Multi-award winning Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson will release his latest album Orphée on September 16th. What with all the film scores he's been creating since his last album, we're very lucky to have him focussing on his own music again, of it he said this: “I spent a lot of time shaping these ideas into different versions and variations. They slowly mutated over a long gestation period of several years and were transformed and transfigured into the individual pieces on the album.”

Taking it's inspiration from the various tales of Orpheus, the Greek prophet who is said to have been able to charm any living thing with his music, famously attempting to charm his wife from the underworld. The album is guided by his subsequent musings on the natural motion of life, its irresistible changes, the beauty found equally within destruction and the act of creation.

“Orphée is for me about changes: about moving to a new city, leaving behind an old life in Copenhagen and building a new one in Berlin - about the death of old relationships and the birth of new ones," explains Jóhann. “Perhaps this is one if the reasons I was drawn to the Orpheus myth, which is fundamentally about change, mutability, death, rebirth, the elusive nature of beauty and its sometimes thorny relation to the artist. This album, my first solo record for six years, is an oblique reflection on personal change.”

“Making Orphée has been a true labour of love, one that has been a part of my life for six years, and yet the music always remained fresh - it was constantly in a state of flux and renewal.” Which is exactly how Flight From The City sounds; at once propelling you forward but keeping you within a stasis, a stillness that allows reflection within the forward motion, transporting you through thought processes one step removed. Like all his solo works; it's a powerful guide for self exploration, a period of peace within a turbulent and overwhelming world - the most valuable gift of all.

Here is the video, directed by Claire Langan, it is a beautiful and perfect portrayal of Orphée's themes. Please give yourself a moment to enjoy it.


Jóhann Jóhannsson plays the following live dates:

  • Oct 16th 2016, US, Chicago - Thalia Hall
  • Oct 18th 2016, US, Minneapolis - The Cedar
  • Oct 19th 2016, US, Toronto - Danforth Music Hall
  • Oct 20th 2016, US, Montreal - Cinquième Salle
  • Oct 21st 2016, US, Boston - David Friend Recital Hall
  • Oct 23rd 2016, US, Brooklyn - Cathedral of St. Joseph
  • Dec 1st 2016, DE, Berlin – Funkhaus
  • Dec 2nd 2016, NL, Nijmegen - Doornroosje
  • Dec 3rd 2016, DK, Copenhagen - Bremen Theater
  • Dec 4th 2016, NL, Amsterdam - Paradiso
  • Dec 5th 2016, BE, Leuven - 30CC
  • Dec 6th 2016, FR, Paris - L'alhambra
  • Dec 7th 2016, BE, Hasselt - CCHA
  • Dec 9th 2016, UK, London - Barbican
  • Feb 10th 2017, DE, Hamburg - Elbphilharmonie
  • Mar 25th 2017, US, Durham - Baldwin Auditorium
  • Apr 17th 2017, US, Los Angeles - Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Apr 18th 2017, US, San Francisco - Regency Ballroom
  • Apr 20th 2017, US, Seattle - Nordstrom Recital Hall