Steso, Orka, Swangah, Lív Næs и Guðrun & Bartal

Steso «Proper Fucked» (Tutl, 2012)

To judge by the album’s title of the project Steso, which involved several well-known Faroese musicians, these eight compositions don’t seem to be very cheerful. So it is. All is decay. Moreover, complete and entire. The chief responsible for ambient, rock and chill-out (these genres the Facebook group uses to define its creative work) musical setting of this deadly dullness is Hergeir Staksberg. He’s written the major part of the compositions; he plays the guitar, bass, and sings. The second author is ggjas Olsen, whom we know also by the great debut album of Rebekka Petersen, that couldn’t be so nice without his concern.

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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.

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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.

Petur, Knút, Benjamin and all the others

Tuxedo Rebels «Sometimes Thе World Is Dark» (Tutl, 2014)
AVE «Benjamin & Petur» (Tutl, 2014)

In 2014 a good amount of decent LP has been released (take, for instance, Orka with their “Leipzig”). Anyhow, apart from EP of my favourite Guðrið Hansdóttir the two albums of the two absolutely new projects – AVE and Tuxedo Rebels seemed particularly close to me. Yet, familiar musicians are at the back of the brand new names. For instance, main characters of AVE are Petur Pólson and Benjamin Petersen, whereas in Tuxedo Rebels main characters are Knút H. Eysturstein and Petur. Petur Pólson is a link between these two projects and a good reason to write a common review of them.

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