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Kaktus Einarrson Kick The Ladder

Fufanu's Kaktus Einarsson announces debut album with title-track "Kick The Ladder"

25 February 2021, 14:23 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Kaktus Einarsson, also known as the frontman of Icelandic four-piece Fufanu, has announced his debut album Kick The Ladder, as well as sharing the title-track as the first taster of the record.

"Kick The Ladder" is Einarsson's first new outing since featuring on Booka Shade's "I Go, I Go" in 2019, and arrives as the first track to be shared from his debut album.

Einarsson's forthcoming album will be his first under his own name, and will follow Fufanu's 2018 EP compilation The Dialogue Series.

The musician wrote the songs for Kick The Ladder in Iceland, before developing them further with piano experimentalist Thibault Gomez in Copenhagen. Kick The Ladder is produced by Einarsson and Swiss electronic composer Kurt Uenala, AKA Null & Void (Depeche Mode, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Kills), and was finished in New York City.

He says of the recording process, "I was using my knowledge of extended playing techniques and the contemporary repertoire, and getting them into my pop music. We replaced synths with acoustic sounds that are familiar, but unfamiliar in many ways. It’s all organic, there are no artificial effects: we created all the effects with this one instrument, the grand piano. We tried it for every situation. To build up tension and suspension in songs and sounds we would scratch, e-bow and regular bowing the strings inside of the piano for example, and even play with brooms on the belly of the grand piano. Used it even as a drum machine!"

Einarsson adds of the songs, "Every song on this album is a love letter to my environment, and my surroundings. Some of the songs are a dialogue between two people, others might be written to nature, and what is happening to our planet."


  1. Kick The Ladder
  2. Oceans Heart
  3. Hypnotized
  4. No Runaway
  5. Daydream Echo
  6. Gone To Bed
  7. My Driver
  8. 45rpm
  9. Story Of Charms
  10. One Of Those
  11. Space Soul
  12. Chimes
"Kick The Ladder" is out now. Kaktus Einarsson's Kick The Ladder album will land via One Little Independent on 21 May, and is available to pre-order now.
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