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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

CD Review: Andrum - Andvakar

Andrum - Andvakar
2008, Allur rettur askillinn

Iceland’s Andrum is very difficult to classify. You could make comparisons to Fumbling Towards Ecstasy era Sarah McLachlan and not be totally off the mark, but it's not quite right either. Andvakar is made up of meandering piano-based songs that occasionally venture into the rock arena but never quite break out of the melancholy air that pervades Andrum's music. Hugurinn Reikar spends its first five minutes in solemn contemplation of itself before breaking into a Cranberries-esque bridge full of big guitar sound to bring the song home. Pictures is 10+ minutes of quasi-optimistic mellow rock in the spirit of Pink Floyd and gives room for Jona Palla to show off her magnificent voice. Nozinan is another highlight, with a guitar part as relentless as ocean waves beating against the shore, Jona Palla dances about on top of those waves like a sailboat in a light breeze.

Andvakar is a strong entry into the ethereal rock realm. I am not 100% sure if this band knows where they are going yet, but it should be an interesting journey. Andrum strikes me as the sort of band that might play together and put out a few albums and somewhere along the way find the perfect chemistry in one song that carries them for the rest of their careers. It's more a question of when than if.

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Andrum at You can purchase Andvakar directly through Andrum’s MySpace page or by going to

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