Revered Icelandic avant-garde musician and film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson died at the age of 48 earlier this month in Berlin. Now his debut album Englabörn will be reissued posthumously with some new remixes.
Titled Englabörn & Variations, the project was actually completed before his death this month, however given situation, it takes on a new level of magnitude. Its release was approved by his family and will drop on March 23 via Deutsche Grammophon.
Englabörn was released 16 years ago in 2002 and was first reissued in 2007. So this reissue will bring things up to date even more with a fresh remastering, remixed “variations” by Jóhannsson and some fresh reworks by other artists as well. It still isn’t known who will contribute to the LP, but that info should announced soon.
Jóhannsson was an award winning composer and artist who wrote scores for theater, dance and film, in addition writing music that was released on various labels. His score for The Theory Of Everything won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score and earned an Academy Award nomination. He worked with director Denis Villeneuve frequently, crafting the visceral scores for Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival.