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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Musicians of the Faroe Islands, unite!

Orka «Leipzig» (Tutl, 2014)
Orka «Livandi oyða» (Tutl, 2007)

The Faroe Islands is, of course, a country in the first instance (the most fascinating and catching, besides), but in the second – just a village on a global scale. A very advanced village. According to Wikipedia, the Faroes share the first place with Iceland in the quantity of books published per head. It seems, the same situation is with the music albums. Only forty-eight thousand population — and a vast of music, enough to please everybody. But this music is often played by the same people.

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Petur Pólson: «Fyodor Dostoyevsky is my favourite author in the universe»

It’s practically impossible to imagine the music of the Faroe islands without Petur Pólson. Over a period of 20 years, this Faroese poet and musician contributed greatly to its development. The most interesting is that Petur is always different: with the band Clickhaze he could have become a pop star, but his solo albums are plaintive and depressive, like the books of his favourite author. However, his new projects (AVE and Tuxedo Rebels) seem to be very dissimilar from him – not so gloomy. Where the Clickhaze has gone and whether he likes Faroese musicians singing English songs, — Petur Pólson shared with your humble narrator.

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