on 12 March 2014
I was instantly hooked after a chance hearing of a Samaris track on BBC 6 Music. So I bought the album (a sort of extended EP really) and was blown away. It is an astonishingly confident and accomplished body of work from a trio still in their teens. I am delighted that the lyrics, taken from 19th century Icelandic poetry, are in sung in the language they were written in. There are many comparisons that I could make - Sigur Rós, Björk, Emilíana Torrini, even Goldfrap - but ultimately they have a unique sound all of their own. Their combination of floating but precise vocals, breathy, melancholic clarinet and sharp punctuating, syncopated electronica is utterly compelling. If you have a chance, play it on some high-end hi-fi to fully appreciate the technical brilliance of the production. This is surely band that will go far?
Having just stumbled across a new track from their forthcoming album Silkidrangar (good old BBC 6 Music once again) I can't wait to listen to their latest offering.