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March 02, 2011

UNIKO: Stream the full album!

Kronos’ new album UNIKO is out now! The album, a collaboration between Kronos and Finnish accordion/sampler duo Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen, is available from Ondine Records. Download a free track, stream the full album for a limited time, and purchase the album here.

UNIKO features Pohjonen’s electrified and MIDI-fied accordion and Kosminen’s electronic percussion devices which reproduce their samples along with his samples of Kronos’ instruments. These samples, together with live strings and electric accordion plus effects and manipulations create a new, multi-dimensional sound world. (Watch clips of UNIKO on YouTube.)

Uniko Album CoverNPR’s Tom Huizenga describes the track Utu: “I feel like this music—a Kronos-commissioned seven-movement suite—could be soundtrack for a thriller set during a blizzard in Lapland. The soundscapes build to giant avalanches of strings and electronics, aided by the Finns’ tricked out accordions and sampling. Then poof! We’ve just fallen off the cliff, floating downward in silence.”

Commissioned by Kronos in 2003, UNIKO received its world premiere at the Helsinki Festival in 2004, with additional performances in Moscow, Molde (Norway) and in New York at the 2007 BAM NEXT WAVE Festival with three sold out performances.

Download a free track, stream the full album for a limited time, and purchase the album here.

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