Samaris share video for 'Ég vildi fegin verða' [405 Premiere]
Icelandic electonic trio Samaris are finally giving listeners of their long-awaited LP proper, dropping a video for lead single, 'Ég vildi fegin verða'.
After forming in 2011, Samaris garnered much buzz with their clarinet-driven trip hop, winning the Icelandic Músíktilraunir (Of Monsters and Men have also won) and Kraumur Award. However, a brief hiatus (clarinetist Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir took a round-the-world trip) at the end of 2013 left things a little quiet.
The group reunited after the new year, and have been picking up steam since. They performed at Spiegeltent in January followed by a string of shows throughout Europe.
"Ég vildi fegin verða" melds vocalist Jófríður Ákadóttir’s airy vox singing lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems over the brooding beats of Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka Doddi, and Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir's ambient wind work.
Silkidrangar, the trio's new album, is out on May 5th via One Little Indian. They'll be playing some shows leading up to the LP's release. Here are the tour dates:
- Olympia Theatre, Dublin, March 3, supporting John Grant
- Queens University, Belfast, March 4, supporting John Grant
- Roisin Dubh, Galway, March 5, supporting John Grant
- De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Mrch 8, supporting John Grant
- Roundhouse, London, March 9, supporting John Grant
- The Great Escape @Unitarian Church, Brighton, May 8
- All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland, July 10-12
- Airwaves, Reykjavík, November 5-9
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With youth on their side - all of the band are still teenagers - Samaris are sculpting some of the most thought-provoking, exceptional electronica that we've heard in a long time. The Icelandic trio brandish downtempo trip-hoppy noises flecked with unique clarinet hooks and gorgeous vocals - they've caused quite the ruckus in their home nation, winning awards left, right, and centre for their sublime sounds. [read more]
After spending Saturday partying and relaxing at the Blue Lagoon (naturally heated outside water - amazing. Hail - less amazing but surreal) we got ourselves ready for our last full night out (Sunday would be taken up by Björk mostly) and decided to head to a new venue we hadn't tried before for a new band we hadn't heard, which is always fun. [read more]