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    Skúli SverrissonSería II

    Label:Sería Music – none
    Format:
    CD, Album
    Country:US
    Released:
    Genre:Jazz, Rock
    Style:Abstract, Experimental

    Tracklist

    1Volumes
    Bass Drum, Keyboards, BanjoDavíð Þór*
    ClarinetAnthony Burr
    GuitarAmedeo*
    Guitar, Bass, Autoharp, Organ, Electric Piano, Toy Piano, Percussion, GlockenspielSkúli*
    ViolaEyvind Kang
    VocalsKristín Anna*
    7:22
    2Her Looking Back
    Bass Clarinet, Celesta [Celeste]Anthony Burr
    Guitar, Dobro, Bass, OrganSkúli*
    Guitar, OmnichordAmedeo*
    Piano, KeyboardsDavíð Þór*
    ViolaEyvind Kang
    Vocals, CharangoÓlöf Arnalds
    5:05
    3Instants
    Bass, GuitarSkúli*
    2:31
    4Unbend
    Bass DrumAnthony Burr
    Bass, Guitar, Electric Piano, Autoharp, OrganSkúli*
    GuitarAmedeo*
    Piano, DrumsDavíð Þór*
    VocalsÓlöf Arnalds
    3:51
    5Módir
    ClarinetAnthony Burr
    Guitar, Bass, Electric PianoSkúli*
    ViolaEyvind Kang
    4:52
    6Divena
    GuitarAmedeo*
    Guitar, Bass, Autoharp, OrganSkúli*
    PianoDavíð Þór*
    VocalsÓlöf Arnalds
    2:00
    7The Arrangement
    ClarinetAnthony Burr
    Guitar, BassSkúli*
    PianoDavíð Þór*
    Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax]Óskar Guðjónsson
    ViolaEyvind Kang
    VocalsÓlöf Arnalds
    3:30
    8Without Memory
    Celesta [Celeste], Organ, Toy PianoAnthony Burr
    GuitarAmedeo*
    Guitar, Bass, OrganSkúli*
    PianoDavíð Þór*
    3:05
    9The Sound Of Snow
    Bass ClarinetAnthony Burr
    Dobro, Guitar, BassSkúli*
    OmnichordAmedeo*
    OrganDavíð Þór*
    ViolaEyvind Kang
    VocalsÓlöf Arnalds
    3:59
    10Le Feu
    Bass TrumpetEyvind Kang
    Celesta [Celeste]Anthony Burr
    CharangoÓlöf Arnalds
    DrumsDavíð Þór*
    GuitarAmedeo*
    Guitar, BassSkúli*
    Tenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax]Óskar Guðjónsson
    3:27
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    Credits

    Notes

    Recorded at Sundlaugin, Iceland in October 2009. Additional recordings at home in New York, New Orleans and Berlin.
    Digipak with booklet of credits.

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode: 616892108764

    Other Versions (1)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Sería II (LP)Sería MusicnoneUS2010

    Reviews

    ragazzodoro's profile picture
    ragazzodoro
    Edited 10 years ago
    Sincerely i admit to prefer this "Seria II" to the previous Icelandic multi awarded 2006 "Seria" because it is less effected on guitars and more vocal oriented plus has some detailed percussive iter.
    It is well crafted and fully born and matured like a fresh fruit in Iceland background and every musician here takes his job to add layer upon layer to make the songs great.
    I would have preferred more vocals by Kristin Anna Valtýsdóttir in order to differentiate the timbric cantato with distinctive feelings: Olof Arnalds is more wide but Kristin Anna Valtýsdóttir is much more soft, exact voice for the epic opening track of "Volumes" . by far the best of the album, undoubtely.

    Manufactury in the artisan way is very preminent on all songs :it is clear that behind all tracks there 's the creative time spent to build up perfect harmony progression and arrangments in the cinematic way of composing a film score: sometimes come to mind the best Ennio Morricone touch of orchestra wich is implied in the instrumentation used but most of all are the big names musician wich are therethat makes a reasonable difference.
    Players like Eyvind Kang and Anthony Burr are outstanding contributors and one time again is clear that always their partnership in creation of music is always proliferant.

    Fortunately the friendness among Sverrisson, Pace and Kang wich was strongly constant grown from the perfect Blonde Redhead's album "Misery is a Buttefly" collaboration on, is reflected here showing that time after time the collaboration between creative minds led to ambitious project of particular quality.
    Infact some of the magic aura of Seria II can be connected to previuosly mentioned Blonde Redhead's album and Amedeo Pace guitar is naturally distinct and soothing.
    The reaching points of this album are high and other players like Davíð Þór at piano and drums, Ólöf Arnalds at vocals and charango,Hildur Guðnadóttir at cello makes a safe shot to a listening quality pleasure.
    The commonidea of purpose gives unity to music that slowly takes the listener to a visual kind of journey because the feeling into music is such of a strong soundtrack to a film still to be written but surely lived by the main soul here wich is skulu Sverrisson, chief in operation to fuse all such players to his ability of sinthesis: his duty overcome the bass playing to dedicate himself to dobro, guitar and other more classical machinery like Guitar, Bass, Autoharp, Organ, Electric Piano, Toy Piano, Percussion and Glockenspiel.
    Plus some more saxophone, trumpet,omnichord and celesta plus organ and keyboard makes sure to everyone listener that beauty in music is made by the perfect fusion of quality ingredients, but the best is reached when musician behind them share a common point of view in everyday life.