Gummi​(​NBCD017)

by Stafrænn Hákon

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about

While "Ventill/Poki" represented his first material recorded with a supporting cast - a progression that was very evident in comparison to his previous output - "Gummi" marks a further giant leap forward in every respect.

Having established himself as a predominantly instrumental artist, Josephsson will surprise many with the inclusion of six full vocal tracks among the nine included here - featuring Birgir Hilmarsson (Blindfold/Ampop) on five tracks and Efterklang's Casper Clausen on one, alongside other guest musicians and collaborators.

While recognising the need to constantly evolve in order to maintain and expand upon your audience, the key elements that have always marked out Stafraenn Hakon from the crowded post-rock platform are still very much in place; delicate, intricate instrumentation and atmospherics, building slowly and organically, drawing in the listener.

Sure to be his biggest album to date, "Gummi" is housed in a full colour CD wallet featuring stunning hand-drawn artwork, and will be supported by UK tour dates around the release. 


アイスランドのレイキャビック出身のオラフル・ジョセフソンによるソロプロジェクト=スタフライン・ハウコン。
前作『Ventil/Poki』はアイスランドの気候をそのまま音に 変換したかのような幽玄ギター・フィードバックとエレクトロニクスを織りまぜたサウ ンドがシガー・ロスファンの間でも話題となった。今作通算5枚目となる『Gummi』に は彼自身によるコーラスに、U.K.のResonantレーベルつながりでBlindfoldや、デン マークのポストロックバンドEfterklangのメンバーがヴォーカルで参加するなど、今 までにない”声に”重きを置いた作品に仕上がっている。
まるでレディオヘッドが『OKコンピューター』で表現したような新しい形のロックをエ レクトロニクスで探究しようとした姿勢とシガーロスを彷佛とさせる冷たくて美しいロ ックアンサンブルが見事融合されている。前作まで引きずっていたポスト・シガー・ロス という呼称も払拭するモダンなロックサウンドを作り上げています。

■Profile

Stafrænn Hákon is the stage name used by Icelandic musician Ólafur Josephsson. Ólafur has been making music at his home studio since 1999. Stafrænn has self released 3 albums in Iceland. Later 2 of the albums were re-released on Resonant in the UK and the debut on Secret Eye in the U.S. Stafrænn also released his 4th record on Resonant in 2004. The album "Gummi" was released in June 2007, on Resonant and Nature Bliss. in 2010 Stafrænn's 6th full-length album "Sanitas" was released on Darla Records (US&EU),Happy Prince (ASIA) and Kimi Records in Iceland. Sanitas was well received and did find Stafrænn Hákon experimenting more with pop elements.

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released March 7, 2007

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