"It’s strange to think that it’s been 10 years since the release of ‘…and they have escaped the weight of darkness’. It was an album of firsts: some of my first experiments with electronics and it was the first time I felt I was able to flesh out the full scope of the vision I had for my music.
The album concept is heavily inspired by Béla Tarr’s beautiful film, Werckmeister Harmonies. In fact most of the track names are Icelandic translations of the dialogue from the opening scene. It speaks about the cyclical nature of light, after the darkness comes light and so on - which feels eerily relevant during these dark times in the world.
Musically I think it was one of the first times I let a little light in with the melancholic music I started out making. And over the years I think that light has just grown stronger.
I look back on that record and all the tours we did around its release with great fondness." — Ólafur Arnalds
"In 2006 I met Nils Frahm at a Christmas party of the Berlin label Sinnbus. I was fascinated by this young guy and his music from the beginning. We got to know each other better and soon a first attempt to play music together turned into a whole album, and a great friendship. Fresh from university and totally into classical music, I tried all kinds of things on the cello. The motto was: higher, further, faster, more cello!
I love Nils' feeling for sounds, his compositions and his technical understanding of music production and I learned a lot from him about all these things. We also had so much time back then, it's hard to imagine today... 7fingers is truly our musical baby which Robert Raths got to hear in 2010, and soon I became a member of the beloved Erased Tapes family. Whenever I listen to 7fingers, I think back to those great times and I'm proud of our work and the people who made this all possible. I love you all!" — Anne Müller
"SEVEN IDIOTS is the guitar music that I dreamed of listening to when I was a kid. It's a reverse version of "The Divine Comedy" by Dante. It's the story of a person who goes to see their beloved one, even if they had to go all the way from heaven to hell." — World's End Girlfriend
"Seven Idiots is like listening to a maelstrom that sucks all of our artists into a black hole and spits it out as some sort of pop music from the future. It’s insane!" — Robert Raths, Erased Tapes founder