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Third new track from Sólstafir is possibly best of the lot

Solstafir Otta

I don’t really know what I have left to say about Icelandic emotional heathens Sólstafir. They are one of the finest acts in the world today. Their music is wonderfully moving, and you should listen to them all the time.

In fact, the only part I dislike about writing about them is that every time I do, I have to go find the list of alt characters, since my keyboard does not make those naturally, so that I can do the accented letters properly. But, since they rule, I do not mind this part.

The band have just premiered another new song from their upcoming album Ótta. We covered the first two tracks – first the title track and then “Lágnætti, – and now we bring you this third track, which was released on Monday. The new song is titled “Dagmál“, which means ‘third hour’ in the band’s native language of Icelandic.

The lyrics of the song are incomprehensible to anyone who is not fluent in the language, but at the same time the message gets across. Deeply emotional music is universal, after all, and “Dagmál” is a deeply moving piece. The drums maintain a constant rhythm throughout, and the other instruments provide willowy melodies and wind-like fills of echoing post-rock tapestries.

I have heard it described that Sólstafir’s greatest strength is conveying extremely emotional feelings with as few moving parts as possible, and this is one of those songs that truly showcases it. The song has an intensity of sorts, but is also very relaxed, as the clouds that drift by the mountains in the early dawn light. I have run out of descriptors for this band, so I’ll just say “go and listen to the song, ya jerks!”.

Ótta is due to be released on September 2nd via Season of Mist, and can be pre-ordered now.

Kevin writer banner Jan 2014