Royksopp – ‘The Inevitable End’

The Norwegian duo bid farewell to albums with this last full-length offering

Although they’ll possibly continue to make music in other forms, this is Röyksopp’s final album. Why be so conclusive? It’s odd, especially since ‘The Inevitable End’ is not a statement by the Norwegian duo on the death of the album format, but a consequence of current “turmoil” in their lives, as they wrote on their website. It has, unsurprisingly, a dour feel – sparse productions coupled with morose lyrics, sung by guests including recent collaborator Robyn: “There’s nothing more to say” (‘You Know I Have To Go’); “I’m falling apart” (‘Save Me’); “I don’t remember anymore what I used to be” (‘I Had This Thing’). It’s the sound of a band once introspective but alive, now lost, depressed and completely unavailable.

Phil Hebblethwaite

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