Samaris is the self titled debut album by the teenage trio from Reykjavik. The band is made up of lead singer Jófríður Ákadóttir, pÞórður Kári Steinþórsson on the electronics and Aslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir on the clarinet.
Samaris is an electric album and singer Jófríður Ákadóttir provides wonderfully aesthetic vocals that bring their songs to life.
Opener Hljóma þú”is a track full of electronics, which is their specialty in the album. It includes delicate vocals mixed with a whole host of instruments and this creates a balanced and harmonic sound. Hit track “Góða Tungl”, has a warm and welcoming baseline. The disconnected snare rhythms and the chant-like vocals come together to make something that is mysterious and ritualistic.
There were concerns that the Icelandic lyrics would prevent the band from having a connection to English listeners however the foreign lyrics only create a deeper sense of the unknown and other that is heavily present in the album.
Samaris is a cleverly arranged album with instrumentals and perfect harmonies on every track. The use of the clarinet is genius and adds a unique element to the album. I wish we could hear more classical instruments in mainstream music and Samaris has made this move with a graceful transition.