Electronica duo still draws crowds

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It’s been around two decades since the Norwegian electronica duo Röyksopp first hit it big with their single So Easy. Now they’re still selling out concerts along with Swedish artist Robyn, and just completed successful appearances in San Francisco and Seattle.

Newspaper Aftenposten reported that around 7,000 “ecstatic” fans filled the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco earlier this week, right after another popular concert in Seattle and a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl.

The US concerts, plus a stint on the Jimmy Kimmel Show on TV, follow a concert tour that opened in Barcelona in the spring. Röyksopp, formed by Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland in the mid-1990s, and Robyn first performed on their own and then played together with several pieces from their mini-album Do it again that debuted in the number 14 spot on Billboard’s album list, the best ranking since the legendary Norwegian band a-ha debuted in 1987 at number 15 with Hunting high and low. Last week the Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz hit fourth place on the Billboard list with their single Am I Wrong, a placement that Berge called “just fantastic! They work hard and are solid as artists.”

Röyksopp, emerging from an lengthy legal conflict with a former partner, will also play at the Øya festival in Oslo in August. Berge told Aftenposten a new Röyksopp album “has to come” later this year. “We’re crossing our fingers for that,” he said.

newsinenglish.no staff