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Iceland's Samaris are back with a second album of their sultry electronic pop. This trio have quite an unusual and distinctive formula, with silky female vocals singing passages which the press release tells me are "culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems" (a fact that would have eluded me entirely otherwise, not speaking Icelandic myself).
It's quite a delicate, quiet sound they create, but never feels particularly sparse thanks to the tastefully arranged electronic beats and drones which cushion most of the pieces here, with the clarinet used sparely, adding a breathy humanity into the drifting textures. I don't know if I'm just being a bit racist and saying the only Icelandic lady singer I know but the singer's voice keeps reminding me of Bjork's, but a bit more breathy and understated. It has a similar kind of husky intensity though, which is a nice counterbalance to the languid and chilled-out electronica backing it.
In places they can drift into insubstantial pleasantness but there's enough interesting sounds and luxurious melodies here to make up for that I think. Interesting stuff, drifty and human.
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