July 26, 2013
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Elegant and unusual, this is a gem
8 / 10 Beware: this debut album by a trio of teenagers from Reykjavik features “lyrics culled from 19th century Icelandic poems”. But somehow Samaris avoid pretentious pitfalls. ‘Samaris’ is, in fact, a cocooning electronic record that’s intelligent but never alienating. Singer Jófríður Ákadóttir breathes mystery into the songs, her wispy vocals the highlight of opener ‘Hljóma þú’ and ‘Góða Tungl’. ‘Stofnar Falla’, meanwhile, bubbles alongside Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir’s clarinet. Best of all, ‘Sólhvörf II’ presents a subdued take on Poliça’s looping jams. Elegant and unusual, this is a gem.
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