As its title indicates, the collection of music was recorded between 2000 and 2004, under the Icelandic musician’s solo moniker, Frakkur. Delving into more experimental works, he used the project as an outlet to see “how far he could push things outside the bounds of his day job” leading Sigur Rós.
Much of this Frakkur material was created by Jónsi on his own, either at his Reykjavik home, his boyfriend’s house in Boston, or while on the road touring with Sigur Rós. All of these early recordings were once thought to have been completely lost by Jónsi. However, a burned CDR that was gifted to a friend was somehow tracked down, retrieved, and mastered to produce this special release.
The 24-track, 108-minute effort collects material a specific period, each recorded in a different way. The oldest group of recordings, titled 2000-2001, was made on the musician’s first PC laptop (lovingly dubbed “The Tank”) and recounts a tale of unrequited love.
The second roundup of material from 2002-2003 was made on a Yamaha RS-7000 (named “The Grey Machine”) using samples of beat-up toys he’d purchase from secondhand stores. Jónsi describes that period of time as “filled with blinding sunlight and pure fun creative energy.”
As for the last piece of the triple album, 2003-2004 was helmed using the program Logic (introduced to Jónsi by partner and collaborator Alex Somers) as well as a Yamaha VSS-30 toy keyboard.
Frakkur 2000-2004 Artwork:
Frakkur 2000-2004 Tracklist: