Maverick ambient electro duo Aiming For Enrike have released a new live video, performing ‘Empty Airports Pt. 1, 2 & 3’, the epic 11-minute opening to their forthcoming new album Empty Airports, which will be released 20th January via Jansen Records.
Guitarist Simen Følstad Nilsen says: “Minimalism, which has always been an important part of our expression, is now cultivated to a much greater extent. When the rush to fulfill musical expectations is abounded, it gives the music more space to become more hypnotic and mesmerizing than before.”It’s safe to say that Aiming For Enrike’s fame has come mostly thanks to their frenetic, wild and engaging live shows – having toured extensively in USA, India, Japan, Czech Republic, Norway, England and Germany for several years. Recently the duo have performed at the UK’s esteemed ArcTanGent Festival, released an acclaimed Audiotree session, and toured with modern prog titans Leprous.
Previously known for noisy musical transformations and frenetic sonic attacks, Empty Airports marks a significant tonal shift for Aiming For Enrike. More electronic, more atmospheric and massive, the new album delves more deeply in the world of ambient than ever before.
A reflection and recognition of the stillness of COVID-life, Empty Airports was recorded during the strange, silent lockdown months of 2020 and 2021. The most spacious of Aiming For Enrike‘s work so far released, Empty Airports is also the duo’s longest record, and their first double album.
Taking influence variously from the likes of Nils Frahm, Burial, Jon Hopkins, Sunn O))), Empty Airports‘ title touches on the stopped nature of the COVID world, a sense of the post-apocalyptic, and is a tip of the hat to Brian Eno‘s Music for Airports record.
Another stellar release in the canon of an already well-regarded forward-thinking group, Empty Airports proves beyond doubt that Aiming For Enrike live entirely in their own universe.