Dánjal, Budam, Hamferð, Petur Pólson and Clickhaze

Dánjal «The Palace» (2008)

Dánjal «The Bubble» (2012)

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Dánjal has always had success. Until the release of the greatest album «Time» in 2014, this Faroese-Danish band had played only klezmer music, and, I must admit, its CDs «The Palace» and «The Bubble» are just as good. Really, the Faroese Dánjal, Neystabø and the rest of the members didn’t experiment much – they’ve just made a hot mix – but it’s hardly a big failure.    «The Palace» is a highly beautiful record, which has naturally combined a rollicking Jewish music with penetrating melody. The final track «Longsul» with expressive piano part and string quartet is just awesome.

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The singing drummer

The disbanding of the Clickhaze was, perhaps, for better. If, at least, one of the members had been seriously involved with this, though rather attractive, but still a secondary project, a disaster would have happened. Petur Pólson wouldn’t have released his album «Koma»; Eivør Pálsdóttir would, probably, have lost her Faroese identity, if she became simply a good singer instead of a real phenomenon. Jens L. Thomsen could have not devoted himself to Orka either. This will also be true for another musician of a star band, which shone so short on the horizon of the Faroese music (they released only one EP), — Høgni Lisberg.

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The Farther, the Better

Before the 2015th hardly began, the Faroese label Tutl had already released, at least, a couple of decent albums, among which you can find Eivǿr’s greatest record and a breathtaking album by Marius. Today, I’ll tell you about them and another three Faroese CDs, my dear friends. So, make yourself comfortable.

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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.

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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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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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