Last month, Underworld played a set in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik for the first time since 1994. The experience clearly left a mark on the UK duo—they just dropped a mesmerizing tune inspired by the frozen landscapes of the northern nation.
Like those landscapes, “Brilliant Yes that would be” is a sparse, chilling and majestic track that falls squarely into the ambient electronic mold. There’s not a single beat that drops. Rather, synths—alternately tight, percolating and cathedral-like—fill the production. It’s almost as though Brian Eno hooked up with Fennesz to score the soundtrack for a documentary about fjörds and snow-clad tundras.
“Brilliant Yes that would be” is Underworld’s first tune since they reworked their iconic “Born Slippy” in the guise of “Long Slow Slippy” for T2 Trainspotting, which hit cinemas last year.
Put a jacket on and check out the video for “Brilliant Yes that would be” here: