Now, this is something special. It took me a while to realise how unique this album is, but I am kind of hooked now. My apologies for being so late – the album has been out for some time!
Like the Icelandic volcano it has taken its name from, Katla’s music holds both majestic beauty and sudden eruptions of might.
The former Sólstafir drummer Guðmundur Óli Pálmason and Fortíð singer Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson have created a master piece that flows through a soundscape that consists of elements of pop, rock, dark wave, ambience, folk and metal.
At times, you find yourself in a soothing ocean of mellow and melancholy sound, but around the corner waits flying lumps of molten rock.
There are nods to bands like Moonspell (listen to Einar’s phrasing for the song ‘Hreggur’), Swans, Moby (‘Nátthagi’) and even to Korn (listen to parts of the rhythm section of the 12-minute-long ‘Dulsmál’, which concludes the album). And lots more.
If this is a trait of Icelandic musicianship or what not, I don’t know, but I reckon it’s simply good musicianship and a profound understanding of music history, which allows Katla to put together music that is both catchy and challenging for the listener.
More of this, please. Móðurástin is an amazing album.
Playing Time: 55 minutes
Guðmundur Óli Pálmason
Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson