Tonik Ensemble – Until We Meet Again
“Like a surreal cousin of Kiasmos, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and SOHN, Tonik Ensemble wreak havoc upon your emotions and kinetic stability. It may be desolate and adept at afflicting wounds on the psyche, but that doesn’t mean you can’t boogie yourselves into oblivion.” by The Line Of Best Fit
Tonik Ensemble is the musical output of Icelander Anton Kaldal Ágústsson. Exploring the vast expanse of the electronic spectrum, his soundscapes are a mix of electronics and more organic live instruments. It is a strong signature sound of contrasts: rich and stripped-bare, minimalist but intricate, finely crafted and yet very instinctive. Together with an ever-evolving cast of talented collaborators, the output is deep, atmospheric yet soulful pseudo-techno. Anton Kaldal Ágústsson’s upcoming album “Snapshots” is set for release on February 10th via Atomnation. Before then, Tonik Ensemble will release the single “Until We Meet Again“, which comes package with additional remixes by Applescal, Olaf Stuut, and fellow Icelander Snooze Infinity, on November 18th. He will also appear at this year’ Iceland Airwaves Festival from 5-9th November.
The journey of writing the album “Snapshots” began with exploring the colour palettes various electronics and instruments along with playing around with the human voice. The first output was the song Imprints with Icelandic vocalist Johann Kristinsson. Other vocal collaborations on the album are Shipsi from Latvian band Instrumenti, Icelander Hörður Már Bjarnason who has been part of the Tonik live set since 2012 and Icelander Ragnhildur Gisladottir, who lend her voice to legendary debut album Maxinquaye by trip hop musician Tricky.