New week and it's time to reveal this week's "Record Of The Week".
This weeks album is "Ótta" (Icelandic for "Dawn"), the fifth album by the Icelandic band Sólstafir. The album was released on August 29, 2014 through Season of Mist.
There is something naturally interesting with the music that comes from Iceland. Maybe it's the love of its origin, volcanic area, geographical distance and isolation on an Island, high up on the round globe which creates a curiosity of its inheritance. Whether the music concerns medieval music like Voces Thules, alternative rock band The Sugarcubes, singers Björk and Emiliana Torrini, post-rock band Sigur Rós, Viking-metal band Skálmöld, the electronic music group like GusGus or the Metal scene where Sólstafir could be found themselves in, yes they have became more mature during the years (could say that the band have development a bit).
That they are different is no doubt about. Their unique blend of metal with atmospheric beautiful melodies, psychedelic moments and a landscape of harmonies runs through it. The new album is the most logical continuation of the highly acclaimed precursor "Svartir Sandar" (2011).
The album is a concept based on an old Icelandic system of time keeping, similar to the monastic hours called "Eykt" ("eight"). The 24 hour day was divided into 8 parts of 3 hours each. The album starts at midnight, the beginning of "Lágnætti" ("low night"), continues through each Eyktir of the day and ends with "Náttmál" ("nighttime") from 21:00 to 0:00. This form of time keeping is more open than the relentless ticking of modern times, where each second is made to count, which turns humanity into cocks of the corporate clockwork.
"Ótta"is like a seductive cocktail of something to come. They touch something ancient and timeless. An atmospheric shoegaze psychedelic metal appetizers that captivates the listener. The album has excellent production with a great mood and structure, it will touch you deeply within its beauty and leave a mark that can't be washed away even if you used the most heaviest dirt remover. You will play this record over and over again, I have and you will! Just lean back, close your eyes, take your time and lose yourself in this masterpiece called "Ótta"!
"Lágnætti" (Midnight) - 8:44
"Ótta" - (Dawn) 9:38
"Rismál" - (Dayrise) 4:24
"Dagmál" - (Morning) 5:39
"Miðdegi" - (Midday) 4:18
"Nón" - (Midafternoon) 7:47
"Miðaftann" - (Afternoon) 5:39
"Náttmál" - (Evening) 11:15
Sólstafir is an Icelandic metal band, formed in 1995. The band's name is the Icelandic word for crepuscular rays.
Photo by Guðný Lára Thorarensen and Guðmundur Óli Pálmason
A 2-track EP was released earlier early August as a Season of Mist e-shop exclusive. Including non-album track “Til Valhallar” and a radio mix of “Ótta”, this 7” vinyl EP is available in black edition and silver edition, both strictly limited to 500 copies.
Upcoming Tour dates this autumn.
01 Oct 14 Reykjavik (IS) Iceland Film Festival
28 Oct 14 Cork (IE) Cyprus Avenue
29 Oct 14 Dublin (IE) Voodoo Lounge
30 Oct 14 Glasgow (UK) Audio
31 Oct 14 London (UK) The Dome
01 Nov 14 Leeds (UK) Damnation Festival
04 Nov 14 Colmar (FR) Grillen
05 Nov 14 Luzern (CH) Schuur
06 Nov 14 München (DE) Strom
07 Nov 14 Stuttgart (DE) 1210
08 Nov 14 Frankfurt (DE) Nachtleben
09 Nov 14 Köln (DE) Werkstatt
10 Nov 14 Antwerp (BE) Trix
11 Nov 14 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg
12 Nov 14 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
13 Nov 14 Bielefeld (DE) Forum
14 Nov 14 Berlin (DE) K17
15 Nov 14 Wangels (DE) Weißenhäuser Strand (Metal Hammer Paradise)
17 Nov 14 Warszawa (PL) Hydrozagadka
18 Nov 14 Wien (AT) Viper Room
19 Nov 14 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
21 Nov 14 Graz (AT) Explosiv
22 Nov 14 Innsbruck (AT) Weekender Club
Todays tune is the title track from Sólstafir latest release "Ótta"
More info @
Official Sólstafir Web
Listen to "Sólstafir - Ótta" on Spotify here!