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Profound Mysteries III

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By most metrics, Röyksopp's Profound Mysteries project is everything longtime fans could want: sleek Nordic synth pop, a grand return to the album format, and collaborations with left-field mavericks like Alison Goldfrapp, Jamie Irrepressible, Susanne Sundfør, and Astrid S, among others. Launched in April 2022, the Norwegian electronic duo's first proper album in eight years arrived as a highly conceptualized world of off-putting visual "artifacts" (each song is paired with its own digital music-visualizer), short films, cinematic instrumentals, and lush downtempo pop songs fronted by a highly curated cast of vocalists. A second volume followed in August, revealing a similar, though slightly altered, guest list, and the project now concludes with November's Profound Mysteries III. For those counting, that's 30 new tracks, 30 artifacts, and 30 films. Since their debut around the turn of the millennium, Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland have consistently produced at the top of their game, but even by their own standards, 2022 saw an absolute deluge of new content. Like its two predecessors, this third set dances between light and darkness, exploring the parameters of Röyksopp's hallmark sound on highlights like the glacial, string-laden "So Ambiguous," with its very understated vocal from Irrepressible, and the menacing, nearly 10-minute instrumental centerpiece "Speed King." At its peak, the latter track feels like an Antarctic rave or the soundtrack to a high-speed snowmobile chase, proving that Berge and Brundtland can still bring the thunder to the dancefloor. Both Sundfør and Goldfrapp are back, though their unique talents feel a bit wasted on their respective cuts, "Stay Awhile" and "The Night," two underwhelming tracks that feel like paler sequels to their earlier contributions. Detroit's Maurissa Rose adds a rare bit of American flair to Röyksopp's overwhelmingly European palette on "Feel It," and Londoner Pixx helps end the project on a high note with the dynamic "Like an Old Dog." Standouts aside, Profound Mysteries III feels like the weakest link in this ambitious, year-long project which, while exciting to behold, probably could have been condensed into a one exceptional album.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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1
So Ambiguous
00:06:06

Torbjørn Brundtland, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Svein Berge, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Röyksopp, MainArtist - Jamie Irrepressible, MainArtist

2022 Dog Triumph 2022 Dog Triumph

2
Me&Youphoria
00:04:40

Torbjorn Brundtland, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Svein Berge, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Röyksopp, MainArtist - Gunhild Ramsay Kovacs, Composer

2022 Dog Triumph 2022 Dog Triumph

3
Stay Awhile
00:06:11

Torbjørn Brundtland, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Svein Berge, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Röyksopp, MainArtist - Susanne Sundfør, MainArtist

2022 Dog Triumph 2022 Dog Triumph

4
The Night
00:07:38

Torbjørn Brundtland, Composer - Torbjorn Brundtland, Producer, MixingEngineer - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, MainArtist - Svein Berge, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Röyksopp, MainArtist

2022 Dog Triumph 2022 Dog Triumph

5
Lights Out
00:05:28

Torbjørn Brundtland, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Svein Berge, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Röyksopp, MainArtist - Pixx, MainArtist

2022 Dog Triumph 2022 Dog Triumph

6
Speed King
00:09:53

Torbjørn Brundtland, Composer - Torbjorn Brundtland, Producer, MixingEngineer - Svein Berge, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Röyksopp, MainArtist

2022 Dog Triumph 2022 Dog Triumph

7
The Next Day
00:04:16

Torbjørn Brundtland, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Svein Berge, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Röyksopp, MainArtist - Jamie Irrepressible, MainArtist

2022 Dog Triumph 2022 Dog Triumph

8
Just Wanted To Know
00:04:13

Torbjørn Brundtland, Composer - Torbjorn Brundtland, Producer, MixingEngineer - Svein Berge, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Röyksopp, MainArtist - Astrid S, Composer, MainArtist

2022 Dog Triumph 2022 Dog Triumph

9
Feel It
00:08:14

Torbjørn Brundtland, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Svein Berge, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Röyksopp, MainArtist - Maurissa Rose, MainArtist

2022 Dog Triumph 2022 Dog Triumph

10
Like An Old Dog
00:03:55

Torbjørn Brundtland, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Svein Berge, Composer, Producer, MixingEngineer - Röyksopp, MainArtist - Pixx, MainArtist - Hannah Rodgers, Composer

2022 Dog Triumph 2022 Dog Triumph

Album Description

By most metrics, Röyksopp's Profound Mysteries project is everything longtime fans could want: sleek Nordic synth pop, a grand return to the album format, and collaborations with left-field mavericks like Alison Goldfrapp, Jamie Irrepressible, Susanne Sundfør, and Astrid S, among others. Launched in April 2022, the Norwegian electronic duo's first proper album in eight years arrived as a highly conceptualized world of off-putting visual "artifacts" (each song is paired with its own digital music-visualizer), short films, cinematic instrumentals, and lush downtempo pop songs fronted by a highly curated cast of vocalists. A second volume followed in August, revealing a similar, though slightly altered, guest list, and the project now concludes with November's Profound Mysteries III. For those counting, that's 30 new tracks, 30 artifacts, and 30 films. Since their debut around the turn of the millennium, Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland have consistently produced at the top of their game, but even by their own standards, 2022 saw an absolute deluge of new content. Like its two predecessors, this third set dances between light and darkness, exploring the parameters of Röyksopp's hallmark sound on highlights like the glacial, string-laden "So Ambiguous," with its very understated vocal from Irrepressible, and the menacing, nearly 10-minute instrumental centerpiece "Speed King." At its peak, the latter track feels like an Antarctic rave or the soundtrack to a high-speed snowmobile chase, proving that Berge and Brundtland can still bring the thunder to the dancefloor. Both Sundfør and Goldfrapp are back, though their unique talents feel a bit wasted on their respective cuts, "Stay Awhile" and "The Night," two underwhelming tracks that feel like paler sequels to their earlier contributions. Detroit's Maurissa Rose adds a rare bit of American flair to Röyksopp's overwhelmingly European palette on "Feel It," and Londoner Pixx helps end the project on a high note with the dynamic "Like an Old Dog." Standouts aside, Profound Mysteries III feels like the weakest link in this ambitious, year-long project which, while exciting to behold, probably could have been condensed into a one exceptional album.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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