Sometimes it feels like the more anticipated an album is, the less likely it is to come out on time. Röyksopp meant to release its fourth album Senior in April, but pushed it back to August, depriving fans of a full summer of hip Norwegian electronic music. Now the follow-up to Junior (which was recorded in the same sessions) finally has a firm release date, but it’s not until the middle of September, according to Spinner.

But there is good news, believe it or not! The duo has let loose on some details regarding the LP. Firstly, it will feature none of the vocal collaborations that have fleshed out Röyksopp’s other albums — this one is fully instrumental. The duo explains:

The two albums (‘Junior‘ and ‘Senior’) have a kinship, in that they represent Röyksopp’s two very different artistic expressions. ‘Junior’ – with emphasis on vocals, accessible melodies and harmonies, has the energy, the inquisitive temper and confident “hey-ho, let’s go!”-attitude of youth, whereas ‘Senior’ is the introverted, dwelling and sometimes graceful counterpart – brimfull with dark secrets and distorted memories, insisting “I’m old, I’ve got experince…” [sic]. Senior’ is furthermore an album about age, horses and being subdued – with devils breathing down your neck.


Secondly, it won’t be single-happy and the duo isn’t releasing a barrage of pop like “This Must Be It” and “Poor Leno”. “Each track is equally as important as its predecessor and successor. We feel that none of the tracks should be regarded outside of this context, ie. separated from the rest of the album. Quite a ‘brave’/stupid thing to do in this day & age of iPods and cherrypicking, one might suggest. We couldn’t agree more – hell that’s even probably why we did it.”

Anyone who’s more into the debut Melody A.M. than its successors will be pleased with this news, as well as the band’s website using words like “introspective” and “freeform” to describe Senior.

The album comes out September 13th. Check out the full tracklist below, right after this teaser video below featuring Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge dressed up like — what else — seniors.


Senior Tracklist:
01. …And the Forest Began to Sing
02. Tricky Two
03. The Alcoholic
04. Senior Living
05. The Drug
06. Forsaken Cowboy
07. The Fear
08. Coming Home
09. A Long Long Way

Röyksopp 2010 Tour Dates:
07/10 – Novi Sad, RS @ Exit Festival
08/07 – Navodari, RO @ The Mission Dance Weekend
08/13 – Panenský Týnec, CZ @ Open Air Festival
08/14 – Pezinok , SK @ Grape Festival
08/21 – Ã…lesund, NO @ Jugendfest