Describing vocalist Thorunn Egilsdottir as a Bjork sound-alike
is lazy journalism, being Icelandic does not automatically grant that comparison
and any review doing so should be instantly dismissed and, any mention of Kate
Bush is insulting to any singer who happens to be female, it shows lack of
imagination.Instead think more of
Norwegian Ane Brun, delicate tones, sometimes sounding twee but always
enthralling, like a childs nursery rhyme or bedtime song.Accompanied by Mike Koster from Luxembourg
the partnership of the delightfully named When ‘Airy Met Fairy is complete.
Glow won’t burst your eardrums, its subtlety at its finest –
tinkling keys and tantalising synth swirls provide an album that will demand
multiple listens.It’s stunning in its
simplicity and beautiful at the same time.It is sleepy and calming and lazy and, it glows.Thorunn has a voice that will warm the
cockles of any heart, it would soften the hardest of souls.Glow is the kind of album that will be heard
on your rise to Heaven (should you venture in that direction) and will be
accompanied by harp playing angels and banks of choral cherubs as you
gracefully float around the emptiness and tranquillity.
Formed in 2015 and ‘discovered’ the following year by
Icelandic musician Bardi Johannsson their debut single, Intoxicated appears on
Glow early doors.It has a rare thing on
the album, a drumbeat, which entices a toe-tap from the first beat and soon has
a catchy vocal and chorus which is decidedly difficult to shake.Don’t be surprised to find yourself humming
it around the office to your bewildered work colleagues or attempting to raise
your voice to match the scales provided.
The intention of When ‘Airy Met Fairy with Glow was to create
an album of near nothingness and step awayfrom the overproduced, epic sounding music of today and it is mission accomplished.Shimmering and glistening like an overflowing
bowl of glitter, it is a quite delightful piece of work.Picking highlights is difficult as each of the
twelve tracks nestling in at a short thirty-three minutes is worthy of
mention.The bass accompanying Until Your
Season Dries is heart wrenching and the album opener 123 Magic is pure joy.
Glow is music for relaxing, and maybe meditation.It will help you drift away to a soothing and
palliative placec that you maybe didn’t think still exists.It is, quite simply, a work of art and a
feather pillowed blow to the face should there ever be one.Adorable.
Industrial churchcore band return with a new
There is mystery surrounding Vukovar, not the
regular what they look like, or, what they had for breakfast but instead, the
mystery is why they haven’t achieved much greater success so far as it is all
that they deserve.Hints of Joy Division
perhaps but with a darker, more melodious approach.Sparse in chorus but plentiful in riveting
gloom presentation and wonderful lyricism, Infinitum sees them progress once
As if their last album proper, Puritan wasn’t
testament to the incredible promise that the band have, then Infinitum blasts
that into the past with nine new tracks of sombre often challenging territory.Cleverly utilising waltzy type melodies and
black bass lines together with reverbed drum beats, Vukovar once more visit the
place which they seem so at ease in existing.
Album opener, Rites begins with a pounding, continuous
drumbeat which soon subsides to a gentle spoken word affair from their singer, who probably
gives his finest performance in a Vukovar shirt to date.Synth swathes touch on the beautiful as they
occasional move up and down the musical scale which leads into In The
Overgarden via more spoken word and an initial opening not dissimilar to
Bowie’s Heroes.The comparisons to Joy
Division will always be there but ironically, sounds more like Bernard
Sumner than he does Ian Curtis and, is perfectly adept at his voice reaching
both low and high pitched in an accomplished, underrated way.
Vukovar are no pop band nor are they one-trick
ponies as this, their fifth album testifies.They are competent enough to explore their sound further and the pain
and suffering conveyed in their music is something that is severely lacking
from much of today’s bands.The Skin Is
New The Skin Is Ours is perhaps the albums most commercial attempt – a track of
just voice and scrawny keyboard and an occasional cymbal sound towards the end
– it is desperate and dramatic and simply superb.
Infinitum, and similarly Vukovar as a whole need to
be listened to with open mind and heart.As the withdrawn An Invincible Prison launches into an unpredictable
screeching guitar will testify.Feedback, distortion and unadulterated power.The House Of Thirteen Scenes is creepy on a
horror movie scale and The Destroying Place sees them go as close to mainstream
friendly as they could possibly get.
Infinitum is another triumph and however difficult and
strenuous the recording process was, Vukovar have certainly put sweat, heart
and soul into making it.If you’re unfamiliar
with their work then now is the time to jump on board. Brilliant.