Five random CDs from the Faroe Islands

Today, there’s no conceptual foundation in the column “In the player”. Nothing but eclectic music: punk, ethno jazz, mix of folk and klezmer, and melancholic relax-pop. There’s nothing common in all these albums, except of their geographical belonging to the Faroes and “loyalty” to the sole label (Tutl). Even the musicians are different in each album. Marvellous.

Continue reading →

The men who sing

Having got out of reviews of nearly academic Faroese music, we cross the borders sharply and find ourselves in the neighbouring regions – actuality of all sorts (ranging from tragicomic Budam to romantic Marius Ziska). Today’s five albums are, of course, very different, but they are akin by men. Incredibly gifted men who sing. And what is more – gloomy covers.

Continue reading →

Jazz and other things

I am sure the news that there is an association of composers on the Faroe Islands is not a surprise for you (especially, if you constantly read my blog). You will not be also surprised with the fact that small, but self-respecting country has its own symphonic orchestra. However, despite the fact that I know a lot about the Faroese music, I am still surprised with that. Till now I still think that concentration of creative minds in this place in the Atlantic ocean is immensely high. Here is another portion of my astonishment in five pieces.

Continue reading →

A lot like dying

Guðrið Hansdóttir and Bartal Augustinussen singing the song «A lot like dying», in Surgut. It's snowing, birds are chirping, wind is howling.

Shine on you crazy tree!

To be sure, that Kristian Blak has got a versatile talent, is enough to listen to at least one of his records. Of course, he plays with the genres so skillfully, that his musical metamorphoses are hardly noticed from the first sight. Though, if you comprehend his works carefully, you can start listening to his album with the academic music, and finish with maestro’s jeers (personally, as I write this, I listen to a ruffian sketch «Risin Og Kellingin» from Blak’s suite «Drangar») and “belly” sounds of the wind instruments.

Continue reading →

Guðrið Hansdóttir: «Russians are the same as us»

It’s already more than two months that Guðrið Hansdóttir came back to the Faroes after her Russian tour. Those, who were at her concerts in early October, will remember this wonderful modest girl with a sensual pure voice and own sincere songs. As Guðrið admits, her acquaintance with Russia left a lasting impression, and the concert at the Surgut Philharmonics was one of the most memorable in her life. Her thoughts about Russia and artistic plans the singer shared with your humble narrator.

Continue reading →