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Hjaltalin

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Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
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Available
Release Date:
08-07-2022
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Barcode:
5694310871990
Packaging:
Digipak
Catalog Number:
HJALTALINCD004
Hjaltalin
Hjaltalin

Description

After a seven year absence Hjaltalín - arguably the most popular and respected band in Iceland of the century's first decade - return with what can only be described as a work of almighty proportions.

The songs on this, their fourth album have been on an epic journey over a considerable time, each one modelled and reshaped - through versions, arrangements and mixes - into a small piece of magnificence that can be likened to hewn, small sculptures, moulded gradually over the years. Each one is a small world in itself, rich in detail, yet complimenting each other beautifully like statues in a garden. Some sound like they've been around for ever; they are weathered - classic.

The album is a culmination of all that has come before. The grandeur and wide-eyed optimism of Terminal is present in a number of songs, the groovy gloom of Enter 4 is strong in others. It also contains some of Hjaltalín's poppiest moments. Where Terminal sometimes felt like a pop pastiche, the new record is consistently earnest throughout, notwithstanding carefree moments like 'Love from '99', the airy pizzicato chorus of 'Waterfall' and full blown lighters-in-the-air moments like 'Needles and Pins'. Yet the dark modular experiments closing out 'Stolen Star' or the opaque lyrics of 'Mad Lady of Lizard Skin' feel no less honest; they, too, are testaments to curious minds.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Chestmark
  3. Year Of The Rose
  4. Baronesse
  5. Destiny's Curtain Call
  6. Waterfall
  7. Stolen Star
  8. The Wolf's Cry
  9. Love From '99
  10. Row
  11. Don't Go Too Far
  12. Needles And Pins
  13. Night Theme
  14. Mad Lady Of Lizard Skin
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