ow did Kippi Kaninus get to release his second album for the Icelandic Kitchen Motors label? Kitchen motors met kippi kaninus on an experimental balloon ride out in Búðardalur, Icelands equivalent of Twin Peaks. There he was, just like the kitchen kids, going for a picknic inside the balloon. He had a basket full of red green and yellow jellybeans and thats when we knew wed become good friends. He said: Wouldnt it be good if we could just ride this balloon all over the world and throw jellybeans to earth where theyd transform into songs when all kinds of people would pick them up as they were going about their everyday lives. Maybe the songs could even add something to their day. Theyd be cleaning leaves from their roof gutters when theyd find a yello, red or a green song that would play itself for them and then become their friend.
Ah, if scoring a record deal were only that easy in the United States. Whether or not you believe the story behind the record deal, the story reflects more than just Gudmundur Vignir Karlssons, aka Kippi Kaninus, penchant for balloon rides. In fact, its almsot the perfect metaphor for his music. Light, airy, and fun. Last year, Karlsson released one of the most overlooked melodically driven IDM album, Huggun. Karlssons mode of operation is one reliant on surprise. Huggun rarely finishes a track where it began and frequently takes a sharp left turn in its melodic structure throughout the course of the track. These are no real things to be counted on here- but thats part of the charm.
Aside from his recent US tour as a headlining act for Mum and the fact that he uses interesting recording techniques to get the skittering beats found all over Huggun (micing an apple from the inside and then eating his way towards the core), not much is known about Karlsson in the United States. What is known, however, is that Karlsson has crafted a masterpiece of twee electronica that hints at an ability for acoustic sounding instrumentation and an innate sense of classical composition.
Current members: Gudmundur Vignir Karlsson
Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Style: Melodic IDM
Labels Appeared On: Kitchen Motors
Huggun (2002, Huggun)