Röyksopp offer urban dystopia in short film “The Drug” From their new album “Senior”

Röyksopp’s “Senior” (MB3) is the chill follow up to 2009’s dance album, “Junior” The Norwegian electronic duo recorded the albums at the same time, with “Senior” as the mellow instrumental counterpart. IFC says “the ambient music playing in the freak out room when your legs give out from the space invader dance stomping across the floor”.

The short film you are about to watch was premiered exclusively on IFC in late November. It is born from six of the tracks on “Senior” and directed by Noel Paul and Stefan Moore of ThatGo. Shot on location in Detroit, Röyksopp’s Svein Berge and Tobjørn Brundtland said it left them in a “bewildered state…. that confusing feeling one gets when exposed to something uneasy yet pleasing, after watching the final product. The Director’s urban dystopia is dark and disturbing, but in between we catch a glimpse of beauty — to us in the form of derelict, decaying industry. I guess we felt a kinship to this subject matter as it’s the same kind of expression we dealt with on “Senior,” although we spun it around the other way; there’s initial gentle and welcoming beauty, but underneath lies a lowering dark undercurrent — occasionally discharging malaise from it’s murky depths.”

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