I start this with two declarations: firstly that my music collection already contains a disproportionately large assortment of Icelandic music, and secondly that I purchased this album knowing that I was already a huge fan of Sindri Már Sigfússon … both in his Sin Fang guise, as a solo artist, and also as the front man of Seabear.
So, on to the actual album. Flowers really is the most appropriate name for this album, because this genuinely is the full and rich blossoming of something that was already teasing with so much promise. There is no lurch in a new direction and the complex, but comely, layering of sounds that we have grown to expect is still there; but there is a new, immaculate and truly consuming depth of aural beauty .. and just how much of this is down to Sindri Már Sigfússon's own development as an artist, and just how much of it is down to the unmistakeable production input of Alex Somers (Sigur Rós / Jónsi / Jónsi & Alex) is open to debate, but it is a collaboration that works spectacularly well.
If there is one picky criticism, then it is that 'Feel See', the fifth track, nudges into a territory of pretentious overproduction that jars a little and detracts from the beauty of what is otherwise a delightfully delicate and sentimental track; but this really is just a fleeting interruption in what is a most pleasingly confident and powerful album.