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Skvettir Edik á Ref
"First release outside of his homeland for Iceland's Stafrann Hakon, centered around the majestic soundscapes of Olafur Josephsson, a young man with incredible talent and a big future.
Skvettir Edik A Ref
doesn't represent his recording debut, but it certainly announces his arrival on the international scene in a grand style. This is the first of two Stafrann albums to be released in 2003 on Resonant (
I Astaandi RJ Punnar
follows) and collectively they form the finest body of work in the post-rock genre in years. That said, to pigeonhole Stafrann's work as post-rock doesn't even tell half the story. Bringing to mind Labradford. Tarentel or an instrumental Sigur Ros, his music is epic, incredibly emotive and atmospheric -- and though the component parts tread a fairly familiar path, the end product is anything but formulaic."
"After two full-lengths on Resonant, the much-lauded Stafraenn Hakon is about to step up proceedings with this, his first new material in two years -- on the back of the success and acclaim that met the aforementioned
Skvettir Edik a Ref
I Astaandi Rjupunnar
both of which were 'old' albums deservedly seeing light of day for the first time beyond his native Iceland. Whereas those two were effectively home recordings using basic instruments and means,
is the end result of a week in a studio in England with the help of fellow Resonant artist Dialect, using live bass and drums sounding like the product of a band rather than one guy. That said, crucially it retains the 'feel' of his previous work, and is more potent and powerful rather than allowing anything to get lost in the mix. Coming on like a hybrid of Labradford, Sigur Ros and Mogwai and finishing up with one of the finest bodies of work within the ambient/post-rock sub-genre in years, this album seems certain to elevate Olafur Josephsson's musical alias into the esteemed company of his most obvious peers in terms of status."
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