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.
Eivør Pálsdóttir is ready to shine. Or, rather, she already dazzles eyes with her shine, but, unfortunately, it’s only for those, who had luck to hear her works. The Faroese singer can become a star any day now, recognizable for everybody, but not only for people, that got used to look at heavens through a telescope, trying to find there something novel and more noteworthy at the same time.
After a successful joint album with Lennart Ginman (it was 17th in the list of “Thirty best records in 2014” according to my version), Eivør proceeded with the theme begun in “Room” (2012), and recorded even more private pop-album “Bridges”. So private, that all songs (except of the texts of songs “Tides” and “The Swing”) were written by Eivør herself. It has worked fascinating.
Eivør doesn’t try to prove anything no more – she doesn’t demonstrate her powerful voice, as it was in “Boxes”, doesn’t add any ethnical shades into the narration (“Rain”), and isn’t keen on alternative music (“Night’s Body”). «Bridges» is very easy, smooth and touching album about friends, dear Faroes, and mother (“Purple Flowers” is just magic). There’s no overplay and flirt with the listeners – all songs are utterly frank. The dragging “Remember Me”, the ethereal “Morning Song”, slightly playsome “Faithful Friend” – each of the nine compositions of the album perfectly fist in with the charming image of the girl with seagulls. Although there’s not so many Faroese elements in “Bridges”, but it’s still one of Eivør’s best (unless the best of all) records, that you want to listen to over and over, from start to finish.
Another protagonist on the modern musical stage of the Faroe Islands is Marius Ziska, as well as Eivør (besides, in the song “Shades”, the Faroese musician sang a duet with her), was one of the first, who marked a new creative period of label “Tutl”.
I was so charmed by his album „Recreation“ (2013), that expected “Home” would be something unreal. I don’t mean, of course, that my expectations were completely realized, but the new record of the singer is absolutely very good. Yes, Marius has focused on the genre of ballads, the major part of which one can play for children as lullabies, but, like in the previous record, you can’t avoid its magnetic melody. Notably, that not only “Going Home” sounds great. Each composition from this bilingual album (you’ll hear four songs, sung in English, and another four – in Faroese) deserves attention. It will be just enough to mention the gorgeous „Aftur Á Jørðina“ with a touching guitar solo and the following „Tokan“.
Marius Ziska is amazing. Once again he recorded together with the musicians (among them Mikael Blak is of special note, he played the utterly great number of instruments and generally was the producer) not just a simple album, but a real fairytale. Perhaps, it seems to be more composed, contrasted with the “Recreation”: it has less characters, that run into various adventures, but it makes us to think. It’s more pleasant to come home with such music. So, we long for continuance. The farther, the better.
The latest “child” of Jens L. Thomsen is his album under unpretentious title „Huldasound“. This record is, of course, primarily, the work of the singer (and a very talented singer) Rannvá Helenudóttir, which wrote and partly adapted all the songs in the album.
However, the record producing, made by the leader of the band Orka, cannot but affects the sounding, to my mind. For instance, the really cool song „Howling Winds“ wouldn’t sound like it does without his input. In fact, „Huldasound“ is an illusive record. Despite all the charm of the „Every Drop“, at first you may seem, that you’ve got a facultative pop-album. But Rannvá springs surprises momentarily. „Sorgin“, for example, reminds of band Byrta and its highlights (besides, Guðrið Hansdóttir sings backing vocals on Helenudóttir, and she increases the feeling of similarity). We are amazed by the apparition of Petur Pólson in the „Blinded By His Colours“, which is quite a stranger in such projects. Though, to give them their due, the duet turned out to be very good, and instilled the album with new charm. There’s nothing novel in „Huldasound“, but it’s well-cut. Everything is elaborately made in it, from the perfect design to every singly sound. The fans of the dance music will appreciate it. And I, probably, put on “repeat” “Every Drop» and “Howling Winds”.
The stable platform of hard music has been formed on the Faroe Islands. To mention the band Týr, which is well-known in Russia, will be enough. Personally I’m crazy about Hamferð (on this occasion, I would like to thank them for the faerie video, set against solar eclipse). The young band Goresquad, originated in 2014 in Thorshavn, released its first EP in 2015, which id reasonably good, I think. I’m not great believer in hard music and death-metal doesn’t sound from my speakers, but the «Mutilation Chamber» hadn’t indisposed me to press the “STOP”. As for me, Goresquad know when to stop, and don’t roll into the confused mix of sounds, using the principle “the louder and more frightful – the better”. Yes, it’s not the sweetest music in the world, but there’s aplenty of drive in it. And what is more important – much of spirit. I consider, that technical plinks and drum-whacking aren’t enough for such music. It’s important to create a certain world in songs, where you would like to travel. «Goresquad» coped with that. I want to see the continuance.
Music From The Faroe Islands (Tutl, 2015)
Label «Tutl» often releases albums, that let people to get acquainted with the Faroese music in a quick mode. The latest almanac, released by Kristian Blak and his partners, represents the a selection of songs from the last albums, that had been released by the label. There’s no special conceptual foundation in it. You’ll hear the music of the various genres (folk, rock, jazz, classics) and the close proximity of Hamferð, for example, to Yggdrasil can shock at first. However, if we recall the purpose of this album, all songs seems to be not so eclectic. For those, who know nothing of the Faroese music, the album can, certainly, be very interesting (though, I can’t assure, that one won’t be confused by the great variety). Personally I was pleasantly surprised by traditional Faroese song «Dansifelagið» in the end of the album. I listened to it with pleasure.
Reviewer by Anton Kovalsky.
Translated by Irina Boiko.