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Rökkurró


Country of origin:

Iceland

Type of music generally:

alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, Innra (2014)

See also:

Rökkurró's site

Wikipedia's entry on Rökkurró

Rökkurró's facebook page

Comparisons:

Múm, Samaris, Sigur Rós

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

A wonderful yet obscure band. (gordoja@optonline.net)

Recommended first album:

Í Annan Heim or Innra

Recordings:


Það kólnar í kvöld...

Release info:

2007—12 Tónar—12T043

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Low

Group members:

Arnór Gunnarsson
Árni Þór Árnason
Björn Pálmi Pálmason
Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir
Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi

Comments:

This album has always felt like one I should like more than I actually do, and I'm not quite sure why. The music and instrumentation are interesting, but somehow the vocals (universally high and sweet) don't always seem to gel with them. So it feels a bit dissonant, but not purposefully so. Still, tracks 1, 6, and 8 are quite good. (JoAnn Whetsell)

í Annan Heim

Release info:

2010—12 Tónar—12T055

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Axel Ingi Jónsson
Árni Þór Árnason
Björn Pálmi Pálmason
Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir
Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi

Produced by:

Alex Somers and Rökkurró

Comments:

This album is a big step up from their debut. While I still find the music more interesting than the vocals, they work much better together and the songs are more cohesive. The mood ranges from the ethereal to more rock moments. A great step in the right direction. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Innra

Release info:

2014—Rökkurró Music

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended with reservations

Group members:

Axel Ingi Jónsson, Árni Þór Árnason, Björn Pálmi Pálmason, Helga Ragnarsdóttir, Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir, Skúli Agnarr

Guest artists:

Þorvaldue "Doddi" Þorvaldsson—drums, percussion
Helgi Hrafn Jónsson—brass, vocals, synths, guitar, and bit of everything else
Tina Dico—vocals

Produced by:

Helgi Hrafn Jónsson

Comments:

"The Backbone" is drop dead gorgeous. (gordoja@optonline.net)

Light, high yet urgent vocals over mostly driving electropo (some tracks are more stripped-down. While I utterly adore the track "The Backbone," where it seems all of the elements that make up Rökkurró's sound suddenly come together in a stunning, gorgeous moment, the rest of this album doesn't add up to that much for me, not matter how much I want it to. I find it pleasant, but really want to like this more. In the meantime, I hit repeat on "The Backbone." (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

Rökkurró have taken another giant step in the right direction with this album, their first to contain English language songs (only 2 tracks are in Icelandic). The music is more intense and driving, the vocals as sweet as ever. There's much that's beautiful, in particular the songs "Killing Time," "Flugdrekar," and "Red Sun." JoAnn Whetsell


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