Friday, May 26, 2017

Solstafir "Berdreyminn"

Country: Iceland
Genre(s): Post Rock/Metal
Label: Season Of Mist (SOM412)
Format: CD, digital, cassette, vinyl
Release date: May 26, 2017
1. Silfur-Refur (6:54)
2. Ísafold (4:58)
3. Hula (7:07)
4. Nárós (7:22)
5. Hvít Sæng (7:22)
6. Dýrafjörður (7:31)
7. Ambátt (8:08)
8. Bláfjall (8:00)

Total Time 57:22

Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson
Svavar Austmann
Aðalbjörn Tryggvason

Berdreyminn is a much warmer, and in some ways, less intense and upbeat record; utilizing a hefty slab of 80s influence, from the synths to the guitar tones, solos, and even the galloping rhythm section. Anyone who liked the extreme, bleak isolation of Otta will probably be taken back at certain points by some the decisions they’ve made. However, in the context of the band’s progression as artists, it all seems to be the most natural choice for a great successor album. In spite of my fervent love for the wintry, windswept elements of the former, and the fact that’s what made their sound so appealing to me, Berdreyminn still brings the same level of quality, albeit in a different way.
Read the full review by Simon Killip at sputnikmusic.com


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