dj. flugvél og geimskip translates to Airplane and Spaceship, and is an intense solo project that takes in broad swirls of sound. Proper, danceable songs are made up of shimmering electronics, clattering drum machines and high-pitched vocals, with lots of audio detritus swimming pleasingly around the sound-field. Nott a hafsbotni is a wild ride, out on Mengi.
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So far this sounds like a goblin’s cave in an RPG. An unfortunate prisoner is playing a folk tune on his flute somewhere in the depths, and the goblin is rummaging through it’s pile of bones for riches. Drums… Drums in the deep. It’s entirely fitting that the title translates as ‘Night at the Bottom of the Ocean’ and that she’s singing about evil cats taking over the world (see press release for more madness). Also, her soundcloud profile pic. Brilliant.
It turns out she’s from Iceland, but don’t let that set any Bjorky precedent. This is nothing like that. It’s more like a Bat for Lashes if Natasha Khan was musically notorious in the late 60s, when spooky psych stuff started coming out. The theatrical element is very clear, with weird skeletal characters appearing from the left or right, singing a brief song with some chimes or rewound tape, before vanishing into a banging drum machine beat and our guide returns with her Persian-influenced soaring voice. This defies all definition or comparison really. You all like uneasy spook music, right?
You’ll get more than you bargained for here, most likely a summoned spirit to haunt you til your last days.
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