Herrmann Kristoffersen first shared their hazy electronica and ambient soundscapes via Ransom Note Records’ tape offshoot, Bytes, at the beginning of 2020. Now, just over a year later, the duo — consisting of producer Daniel Herrmann AKA Flug 8 and singer-songwriter Kristina Kristoffersen — return for their sophomore release, ‘Gone Gold’, which draws inspiration from the world of gaming.
Working remotely due to Covid restrictions, Kristina from a summer house in northern Denmark and Daniel from their house in the Taunus woods outside of Frankfurt, the pair adopted gamers’ shortcuts to communicate with one another, crafting an imaginary soundtrack for the racing video game, Need For Speed.
Each track title riffs of this inspiration too, using gaming acronyms like 1LC (One Life Clear) and Mud (Multi-User Dungeon), however, when it comes to the sound, Herrmann Kristoffersen firmly put their gauzy stamp on it; driving through shoegaze walls, IDM textures, komische and techno, making a few other pitstops along the way.
Gone Gold will be released on Bytes on 23rd April.
Every title represents an aspect of that, providing an insight into how to interpret the song, creating your own online gaming world while listening. From the early-Autechre/AI machine-funk stylings of 1LC (One Life Clear: playing through a video game from start to finish without ever losing a life) and the soulful, space-age techno of Mud (Multi-User Dungeon: a multiplayer real-time virtual world, usually text-based) to the euphoric shoegaze-IDM of 4X (an abbreviation of Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate – a subgenre of strategy-based computer and board games) and the stately, dubbed-out closer Season (a season pass is a form of video game monetisation in which consumers purchase a discounted package for current and future downloadable content).