January 27, 2009

IT'S NOT COLD IN SEABEARIA:

-SONG OF THE DAY: Seabear Sings a Twisted Icelandic Lullaby (Afton Woodward, 10/12/07, NPR)

For as small and remote as it is, Iceland has produced a surprising number of big names in music. Bjork and Sigur Ros serve as its best-known exports, but Seabear seems fated to find itself on that list. A solo project by Sindri Már Sigfússon that has grown to as many as seven members, Seabear plays shadowy, folk-infused ballads of love, loss and memory, all the while gently reminding its audience that life, while many things, is not but a dream.

The solo EP Singing Arc is okay, but with the added members for Ghost That Carried Us Away the project takes off. It has the same fey quality as Sigur Ros and other Icelandic acts, but is more accessible thanks to the more traditional folk song structure and English lyrics. Listen to the whole thing in one sitting and the songs do tend to blend together, but for a song or two at a time it's enchanting.
Try Cat Piano.




MORE:
-BAND SITE: Seabearia
-MYSPACE: Seabear
-WIKIPEDIA: Seabear
-ALBUM DOWNLOAD: Singing Arc
-LYRICS: Seabear (Lyrics Mode)
-PROFILE: Seabear Gets Carried Away (Obscure Sound, 13 November 2007)
-Artist Profile: Seabear (Icelandic Airwaves)
-PROFILE: SEABEAR (Geordie, July 4, 2008, You Crazy Dreamers)
-REVIEW: Of The Ghost That Carried Us Away by Seabear (Laura Elise, Daily Vault)
-REVIEW: of Seabear —The Ghost That Carried Us Away (Erik Gonzalez, Three Imaginary Girls)
-REVIEW: Seabear The Ghost the Carried Us Away (Herohill)
-REVIEW: Seabear - The Ghost That Carried Us Away (IndieMuse)


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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2009 8:48 AM
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