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Imagine Kraftwerk if they were born under Iceland's aurora borealis, beside its dormant volcanos, and amongst its close-knit communities, rather than on the faceless rush of the Autobahn. Reykjavik's Apparat Organ Quartet is such an outfit. With organs, vocoders, and boxes of tools, the band creates dignified music that could be a hot springs-warmed, zombie-movie soundtrack, or a retro-futurist rendering of Sigur Rós. The brainchild of film/theater/pop-music composer and all-around musical genius Jóhann Jóhannsson, AOQ's debut album is sometimes scary, and always cinematic, but without the background blandness such music can require: These are the sounds of kinship between audience and performer.

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