Samaris – Black Lights

Black Lights

You know the drill by now: minimalist future pop three piece, comprising the tried and tested set up of anxious knob-twiddler (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka ‘Doddi’), vocalist who sounds like Bjork riding the mother of all comedowns (Jófríður Ákadóttir), and clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir). Together, they set lyrics from 19th century Icelandic poems to skittery jungle beats and the kind of terse electronica that lesser hacks would probably describe as ‘glacial’. Now they’re releasing their first album in English, Black Lights, recorded between Reykjavik, Berlin, and somewhere in Ireland. Yeah, Samaris are pretty run of the mill. Did I mention one of them plays clarinet in the band?

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