New Music You Need To Hear :: Júníus Meyvant, Andy Svarthol, Mammút & Sin Fang, Sóley & Örvar
May 3rd, 2017 | News
Beginning of the month means, diving into the sparking waters of new tracks floating around in the ethos. This week we’re taking a look at few new tracks from heavy hitters like Mammút, Júníus Meyvant and the sóley, Sin Fang & Örvar collaboration as well as new kids on the block Andy Svarthol! A mixed bag it is, and a delicious one at that!
Júníus Meyvant – ‘Honey Babe, Don’t Be Late’ – His thick, sweet vocals fold assuredly into the soulful instrumentation, offering a cocktail that, like the real thing, leaves you a little light headed, engulfed in flavor and eager for more. It’s in the twinkling organ, the blasting horns, the perfectly bombastic conclusion. The elements of Motown mixed with 60s folk and psychedelia. The combination makes his sound harder to pin down than you’d assume. It seems nostalgia-driven, but really, it has a heartbeat all its own.
For anyone in New York or LA next week, he’s playing a show at Rockwood Music Hall on May 2 and Hotel Café on May 4.
Andy Svarthol – ‘Tímafrekja’. Experimental pop project Andy Svarthol is the brainchild of brothers Egill and Bjarki Viðarsson, and their latest release is the fruit of a 3 month long collaboration marked by isolation, ineptitude, hypoxia and technical difficulties. This laborious learning process produced a lovely, melodic piece of music, mechanical yet human at the same time.
The inspiration comes from a wide array of sources, but the brothers are especially fond of cheesy sixties pop, Mellotrons, Spaghetti Westerns, Massive Attack and screaming people – all things they try to incorporate into most of their work. A great deal of work has been put into the song arrangement, which was done by the brothers, along with all recording and audio production.
Mammút – ‘Breathe Into Me’. The first single from the new album out July 14 is a shadowy and tantalising preview of what’s to come, with ’90s trip-hop flourishes cavorting with mind-melting psychedelia and Mammút‘s own mystical brilliance – it’s not an overwhelmingly dark, with plenty of sensual threads to fall deeply into, but waves of Warpaint-style sound roll into frame like black fog across a weary landscape.
Sin Fang, Sóley & Örvar Smárason – ‘Blackscreen’. Some spontaneous action. Sin Fang, Sóley and Örvar Smárason (múm) will release a new collaboration track at the end of each month in the year 2017. This can only mean one thing, oodles of exciting new music on a regular basis. A monthly dose of subtle mayhem. The 4th track is out and it’s gorgeous.