A long time ago, Atli Bollason adopted the name Allenheimer for the purpose of DJing at parties in Reykjavík because it sounded German. For his friends, the name came to jestfully represent his leftfield tendencies which, at the time, were overshadowed by his involvement with a britpop-inspired pop group. With Fivefiles EP, his debut release under the old moniker, he is back where he started: disregarding songs but in love with sounds that lap like water against a pier and hazeful spaces reeking of memories both real and imagined.
Having turned most of his attention to literature, criticism, media arts and childrearing over the last decade, Fivefiles has been slowly brewing ever since the first seeds were sown during a festival-residency in the small town of Hildesheim, Germany in 2012. Atli was attracted to the idea of deconstructing little-known Icelandic pop songs and amplifying the haunted quality he sensed in certain passages. Three Iceland-sampling tracks made it on to the EP but the remaining two channel similar sonic impulses, making for a set of eerie yet nostalgic sounds.
Fivefiles EP is the first release by Unfiled, a new label founded by Atli and Guðmundur Úlfarsson who puts out music as Good Moon Deer.
released March 7, 2018
Produced by Atli Bollason.
Mixed by Góskar at Stúdíó Sjampó.
A gorgeous birth to a now striving force in vaporwave music, 'Atarashī Hi no Tanjō' can only be seen in my eyes as the greatest ambient album of all time.
From its rolling samples of Japan's sleepless transit systems through to the intimate use of vocal samples throughout, the dynamic duo of HKE and t e l e p a t h cannot be praised enough for this modern classic, ever evoking that same sense of mystique I caught when I stepped off the sub-express to Moriguchi for the very first time. Jake