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Polyfonia

Jóhann Jóhannsson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Crunchy Frog
  • ASIN: B005F1B8HI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Icy and brilliantly foreboding future-rock" --Nme

"Fuses Kraftwerkian vocoders and electronics with Neu! rhythms and a never-less-than-playful sense of kitsch pop melody" --Mojo

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5.0 out of 5 stars Iceland continues to amaze 28 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is just stunning! Totally unexpected - the only one of the band members whose work I had encountered before is Johann Johannson, who composes characteristically austere Icelandic modern classical music. This is nothing like that!

Having four keyboard players in a band is certainly a novelty, but it works perfectly here - the sounds are vintage synth and organ, with excellent real drums, so in terms of the sounds this album coud have been recorded in 1973 - but the production is big, warm and lush - very 21st century. The pace is fast and furious - and unexpectedly Pop, perhaps reminiscent of some of Krautrock's more upbeat moments combined with a dose of any number of early synth novelty hits. The vocoded vocals are calculated to evoke early Kraftwerk, and the keyboards occasionally bring Jarre or even Tangerine Dream to mind - but this all comes together in a startlingly original, accessible and entertaining way. If you're nervous, dip your toe in by downloading "Cargo Frakt", a mishmash of Trans-Europe Express, prog-rock distorted keyboard riffing and powerful drumming. I challenge you to keep the smile off your face!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 25 May 2013
By Will Szal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like a big machine. Awesome artwork in the book. Found out about these guys on KEXP. Good stuff. Really. Super.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best music is often stuff you've never heard of 26 April 2013
By Eric Rufa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw Apparat Organ Quartet in 2006 at the Iceland Airwaves festival... (Unfortunately stumbling in during the last 3 or 4 songs of their set)... I had never heard of them before, and didn't know what I was listening to at the time, but later learned it was the song "Cruise Control" from their 2002 (?) album. What I walked in on was as explosive and apocolyptic sounding as Nine Inch Nails in their better days...(Their recorded music, though great, doesn't quite capture what I heard live that night in Iceland) Funny. You wouldn't think four organs and drums would make that kind of glorious noise. For those unfamiliar (which would be most of you). Check out that 2002 album. I am very excited to finally have more of their music to digest. I just wish the CD's weren't so expensive (import), so I will have to settle for the download.

*** Footnote-- for some reason, the CD is listed as the artist being Jóhann Jóhannsson (a member) while the digital format is listed as Apparat Organ Quartet being the artist... no idea why this is the case...
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