CD: Röyksopp

19/09/2005: The Sun interviews Röyksopp ahead of their UK tour and new single release.

20/09/2005 :: By GISELLA FARRELL
Sun Online

NORWEGIAN electronic music duo Röyksopp's career has taken off since the release of their debut album Melody AM in 2001. But second album The Understanding has much darker tones. We caught up with Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge before their fantastic set at last weekend's Bestival – where they explained the influence of the dark side. Svein said: "I think that as human beings we obviously do have dark sides to us, although the proportion of darkness versus light differs from individual to individual.

"I wouldn’t say that we are dark as in heavy metal or even goth music, and obviously we’re not dark in a Marilyn Manson sort of way.

"The appeal of dark things has always been a part of who we are since childhood – I guess it's more about sort of 'fun' dark, if you understand."

The music masters also told us how they are inspired by British music – in particular tracks from the 1980s, which they think make great remixes. Torbjørn said: "The whole of the British music scene has been a major influence on us ever since we were kids.

"Starting with bands like Depeche Mode in the early 80s, then the new dance music scene at the end of the 80s.

"The club scene in the late 80s and early 90s also left a big impression on us because that’s where much of the creative movement had been going on." But the lads, who still live in Norway, believe there is a close relationship between British and Norwegian cultures – and it comes down to what we laugh about.

"It’s fair to say that Norwegians do have the British dry sense of humour – it’s closer to Norway as opposed to the blunt American humour," explained Svein. Royksopp’s new single 49% is released on September 26, and will be followed by their UK tour.

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