Sunday, February 6, 2011

Comedown Sunday: Always Everything

"I wash only to get dirty again."

Performance/Photo by Nathan Cyprys

This week’s Comedown Sunday is brought to you by Sin Fang, via the excellent music-discovery website Shuffler FM. If you have never used Shuffler FM before, let me tell you, you’re missing out. It is a fantastic new website that shuffles music from thousands of different blogs in a user-friendly, streamlined player organized by music genre and style. I’ve been using it a lot lately as a tool to discover new music from genres I don’t normally delve into, as well as great music blogs. Last week, I noticed that the interface even includes an 'Icelandic Music' channel. Figuring that the country that gave us such renowned and groundbreaking acts as Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Björk, and múm was bound to have a few more tricks up its sleeve, I immediately pressed play. Lo and behold, my suspicions were confirmed as I shuffled upon Always Everything, by Sin Fang.

Sin Fang (formerly Sin Fang Bous) is the solo project of Seabear frontman Sindri Már Sigfússon. Always Everything is the first single off his forthcoming Summer Echoes LP on Germany’s Morr Music, due in March. I have got to make a point to visit Iceland, as it seems like the most magical country. That is, if its music is any indication. Not to pigeonhole an entire country’s musical output, but between all the aforementioned artists and Sin Fang himself, Icelandic music is becoming my turning point for ethereal, fearlessly expressive music that—despite (or perhaps rather, because of) its tendency to shy away from typical popular song form—is absolutely gorgeous. Always Everything fits my self imposed Icelandic stereotype well. It is a lo-fi folk/electronic hybrid dripping in nostalgia, dotted with whimsical samples, and driven by Sigfússon’s sweet, mellow voice. It’s the kind of music I’d fully expect to hear playing in an enchanted forest. With its sweet invocation of nature and summer, I hope that in spite of the terrible snowstorms and winter chill gripping the United States, it might help to warm your hearts.

Always Everything—Sin Fang

60px *You know, if you click this button in the sidebar, you can shuffle all the songs we've ever posted on this site, all in one place. Neat. Thanks Shuffler!

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