Icelandic teenage wunderkind Samaris release a new single ‘Viltu Vitrast’ on 7th October taken from their eponymously-titled debut album.Samaris compiles their two Icelandic-released EPs, Hljóma Þú (2011) and Stofnar falla (recorded at Sigur Rós’ Sundlaugin studio with Gunnar Tynes of múm, 2012).
Viltu Vitrast retells an Icelandic folk tale about villagers who ask for help from a supernal being, but worry it will choose not to manifest its power on Earth. Combining simultaneously ancient and modern themes, Samaris creates a self-contained world filled with ethereal sounds, dark spaces and alien atmosphere.
Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson), clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s haunting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals - the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems.
In July Dazed & Confused profiled the band with the endorsement of ex-Sugarcube Einar Orn.
Look out for remixes from Ripperton, Stubborn Heart and Sei A. Their debut album proper follows in the new year.
Watch the video for Goda Tungl below;
Formed in 2011 in Reykjavik, within months Samaris had won both the Icelandic Músíktilraunir (past winners include the likes of Of Monsters and Men) and Kraumur Award. The band performed at Iceland Airwaves in 2011 and 2012, attracting the attention of Line Of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound and NPR amongst many others. Singer Jófríður also performs with her sister Ásthildur in the more folk-inclined Pascal Pinion
‘Elegant and unusual, this is a gem’ NME 8/10
‘This is an effortlessly atmospheric album that has all the arty sophistication of any great Icelandic act’ The Fly 4/5
‘An excellent forward thinking record from three talented musicians, not yet out of their teens’ Loud&Quiet 8/10
‘Its minimal spectre and engaging presence is able to seep into your consciousness without you even noticing’ Aesthetica
‘The music is rich and textured, the clarinet winding itself sinuously around beats and basslines’ Financial Times 4/5
'Góða Tungl' is phenomenal. With finger-snap snares and lollygagging bass, it's a rhythmic tour de force’ Bearded
‘Mesmerisingly breathy groove from the young Icelandic combo, which should lure you to the delicious confections of their self-titled album’ Metro