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Kurr

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 August, 2007, 12:00am
 

Four ice maidens from Iceland calling themselves Amiina create delicate and wintery dreamscapes with their music.


The group used to play as a supporting act and the string section of fellow Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros.


Kurr is the group's first album since Sigur Ros stopped touring.


Amiina comprises Maria and Hildur on violin, Edda on viola and Solrun on cello. Besides the instruments of the traditional string quartet, the group also uses a number of other instruments, including compact synthesiser, digital piano, electric guitars, Celtic harps, glockenspiel and even a musical saw.


The music is almost classifiable as New Age, but there is more to it than that: the haunting, celestial sounds paint dreamlike images.


The first track Sogg seems inspired by the musicians' Icelandic heritage. The sharp, crystal-like tones suggest icicles forming and lakes freezing. This is followed by the mellow Rugla which, despite its high-pitched, almost eerie violin melodies, evokes a warm, fuzzy feeling.


The prominent snare drum and metallophones on Lori conjure up images of Emperor penguins trekking across the arctic snows.


This would be an interesting album for those who like unusual music. The pieces are expressive, often surprising and musically innovative.


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