|One Little Indian
Release Date: 05 May 2014
Format: LP Vinyl
|Samaris Silkidrangar Limited 180gram Vinyl LP + MP3
· Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka ‘Doddi’), clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s haunting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals - the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems. “You could say the words have been delicately sewn together and in a way they already have their song, their own melody when you read them” suggests Áslaug. The effect is simultaneously ancient and
modern - an ethereal sound filled with dark spaces and alien atmosphere.
· The UK release last year of the groups’ two Icelandic EPs as the eponymous Samaris sparked widespread interest, Dazed & Confused proffering an Einar Orn sponsored feature while glowing reviews appeared everywhere from the NME to the Financial Times.
· Suddenly the original aspiration of “just wearing funny costumes and thinking maybe we could get a gig in a bar in Reykjavik” was the stuff of distant memory as they moved into the international scene playing European festivals like Sonar, Berlin Music Week, Electric Picnic and a sold out JaJaJa show in London. The Line Of Best Fit nominated them the No.1 Act To See at Airwaves 2013.
· In September, following a show supporting Jon Hopkins in Manchester, the band effectively went on hiatus when clarinetist Áslaug departed on a long planned round-the-world trip, the three regrouping in Australia in the New
Year to perform at the Spiegeltent, part of the Sydney Festival - their first shows together in four months. Following these dates down under, the trio have played European shows in February and March, including dates
supporting John Grant, before returning to tour the UK in May.
· Samaris formed in 2011 in Reykjavik and within months they had won both the Icelandic Músíktilraunir (past winners include the likes of Of Monsters And Men) and Kraumur Award. The groups’ performance at Iceland Airwaves in 2012 attracted the attention of Line Of Best Fit, Drowned in Sound and One Little Indian, amongst many others. Singer Jófríður also performs with her sister Ásthildur in the more folk-inclined Pascal Pinion.
· The LP format is pressed onto 180g vinyl and includes an MP3 coupon.
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