The 11-track set will be led by the single "Only This Moment," which will be commercially released June 13 internationally.
As tipped here last month, Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp will on July 12 release its highly anticipated sophomore album, "The Understanding. The 11-track set will be led by the single "Only This Moment," which will be commercially released June 13 internationally. The cut features vocals from new contributor Kate Havnevik.
"The Understanding" lives up to a description group member Torbjorn Brundtland offered to Billboard.com earlier this year: "For those who want the atmospheric pieces that were on our last one, they'll probably have to wait for the third album. We are going extremely into the sort of melodic, epic side of things, but the beats aren't as soft as they used to be."
Indeed, tracks like "Someone Like Me," "Boys" and the eight-minute "Alpha Male" display a tougher sonic edge than the material on 2002's acclaimed "Melody A.M." With such exceptions as the jubilant, club-ready "49 Percent," which features vocals from Chelonis R. Jones, "The Understanding" is overall a more serious, musically darker affair than its predecessor.
Brundtland and partner Svein Berge handle vocals on a number of cuts, including the funky, shimmering "Follow My Ruin" and the vintage synth-pop-laden "Beautiful Day Without You." Havnevik also contributes to "Circuit Breaker," adding an ethereal topping to Royksopp's pulsating bass lines and electronic squeaks and squiggles.
The only confirmed show on Royksopp's itinerary is a previously announced July 17 performance with Basement Jaxx at the Hollywood Bowl, as part of radio station KCRW's World Music Festival.
Here is the track list for "The Understanding":
"Only This Moment"
"Follow My Ruin"
"Beautiful Day Without You"
"What Else Is There?
"Someone Like You"
"Dead to the World"