Breathe Into Me, the middle of the nine tracks on the album has a more organic and dynamic flow than music of theirs previously featured with Mammút placing emphasis on melody, giving the song a fluidity of movement which affords the composition an organic presence that slowly wraps the listener in soft coils.
The Icelandic ambient-metal outfit Område release the LP Nåde on the 26th.
OMRÅDE – Nåde – CD
Although over two years ago that Område last featured the music is immediately recognisable by its countenance. Styrking Leið, the fifth of the eight tracks, drifts quietly through the room in layers of sweeping synth as though narrating a tale of darkening gloom and as the six and a just over two thirds minutes composition evolves so does the intensity of the output building to a foreboding conclusion.
The Icelandic dream-synth band Vök will be releasing the LP Figure on the 28th of April.
Released as a stand-alone single earlier in the month – Show Me – from the forthcoming album curls gently through the room relaxing all those it touches in a roughly three and a half minutes track that has the hallmarks of their sound.
Dividing their time between Senigallia, Italy and Reykjavik, Iceland – Andrea Maraschi (Vocals / Guitar / Programming), Andrea Marcellini (Bass) and Tommaso Adanti (Drums) combine to form the graze-rock band My Cruel Goro.
My Cruel Goro – eponymous Single – artwork
An underlying drone is added by the sequencers as My Cruel Goro add a touch or darkness to new-wave influenced numbers. An ever present hydraulic jack-hammer of percussion clears the path for the entrance of the trio, from which a furious guitar collides across the room and a surprisingly subdued bass muscles the pieces forward. he vocal is not lost in the hive of activity as invective lyric growls of indignation. Yet, despite the maelstrom of the combinations the trio is able to harness the resulting output and you will find yourself wishing your speakers had a boost to boost to volume as it all holds together wherever the dial is set.
Fairly long in gestation, as the band were already playing live in Italy a year ago, their début three track eponymous single (available on bandcamp) is set for release on the 24th. My Cruel Goro is a band I get the sense would work well in live performance and are most certainly able to translate the raw energy to recording and it would be of far more joy for the audience if they spent energy on building air-miles and more on musical presence.
I only hope they can find the warmth of the Adriatic or the bracing air of the North Atlantic suits them better rather than the atmosphere of the cabin of an aeroplane as they have much to add to the world of music, if only they stepped out of airport lounges more often.
Vök from Hafnarfjörður in Iceland is the dream-synth trio of Andri Már, Margrét Rán and Ólafur Alexander.
Vök – Photo by Eygló Gísla
The music of Vök floats round the room in dreamy spirals of lugubrious luminescence. Combinations of wind and stringed instruments melt inside synthetics as an expressive vocal delivers a sound in which the mind unwinds as though in a flotation chamber. The trio are able to produce compositions which are gently paced, yet don’t have the listener reaching for the next phrase, rather seeking to hold on to that which has passed.
First appearing live as a duo a couple of years ago, Vök soon developed to a three piece and the additional flexibility has enabled them to create sounds which have an intensity and depth that finds audiences replaying the pieces in their mind long after the curtain has closed.
Vök deliver thoughtful, relational pieces of music in which they invite the mind to shift into gear offering a fascinating collection of material which will fill any evening of quiet reflectivity with a back-drop of existentialism, allowing the brain to contemplate ‘the Other’ in a space of interconnectivity.