BY MISCHA PEARLMAN
Perhaps more than any other country, Iceland’s bands have a habit of creating music that perfectly reflects its geography and climate. They do so in a variety of different ways and to differing degrees, but there seems, in most, to be an inherent element of environment present, from the spectral, fragile beauty of Sigur Rós to the distinctively odd and experimental musings of Bjork, the bizarre rough rock of Mugison to the delicate, whispered eccentricities of rising star Sóley. As both Sin Fang – the name of his solo project – and as the founding member of seven piece collective Seabear, Sindri Már Sigfússon has been a staple of the Icelandic music scene for over a decade. Flowers is his third solo record and, unsurprisingly, it’s a collection of lush, textured compositions that, intentionally or not, accurately depict the graceful, exciting and endless landscapes that Iceland is so famed for. “Look At The Light” is a glorious pop song that contains as many layers of nostalgia as it does instrumentation, “Sunbeam” is a joyous, hopeful blast of youthful innocence and inexperience (“And you’re sleeping in some cold house with someone you don’t care about”) and unfettered ambition (“When I grow up I’m going to be a sunbeam”) and “Not Enough” is a paranoid, horn-filled jive through an impending futuristic nightmare. There are a great many ideas present on Flowers – both musical and thematic, technical and emotional. Together, as one, they combine to create yet another worthy facet of Icelandic music – and Iceland itself.
DOWNLOAD: “Sunbeam”, “Look At The Light”