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Like the sound of cooing, aspects of Amiina's music flicker quietly and float softly, content and beautiful. Kurr is full of dazzling moments of that caliber, a wholly original work that is delicate, intricate and dream-like. Their music is genuinely so special, ineffably charming and infused with a sense of cosmic magic. It's certainly wielded that power on us.
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María Huld Markan - violin
Hildur Ársælsdóttir - violin
Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir - viola
Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir - cello
They are best known for their work as Sigur Rós' string quartet on the album known as ( ), as well as Takk... and re-arranged the string work on Ágætis Byrjun so that Sigur Rós could tour it.
Kurr is an eclectic work of great beauty where the simplest sounds become a real basis for making music. The melodies are incredibly simple, both elcetronic ad percussive but they make up a distinct sound somewhat like the music of Rae Howell's Australian group Sunwrae.The overall effect is hypnotic as well as being part of a new minimalism coming out of Northern Europe and Iceland.This is their second release but the first in this minimalist style. Well recommended
Unlike most industrial music, their sound is rooted in the organic element of folk instrumentals, which lends a tender quality. The four bandmembers first gained recognition as the string backup for fellow Icelandic band, Sigur Rós. But these talented ladies, who first met at the Reykjavik College of Music as classically trained students, shine brightest when they have the spotlight to themselves. Their delicate attention to the subtleties of each instrument, and their perfect pitch and timing, betray their classical background. Kurr quickly rises above such limitations, to explore an atmospheric sound that conjures images of damp Icelandic winters, volcanic mountain ranges and rocky seaside cliffs.
Iceland is a magical land, at least that's what Bjork told me. Now, thanks to Amiina, I know it's true.
The album has a really nice natural sound to it. It seems to me that all parts were hand played on an diverse range of analog instruments. It doesn't sound to my ears that they have any samples going on and I have say that this is one of the albums greatest strengths. It really feels like four people conversing musically with each other and responding in a very raw compelling way. It's all very beautiful and delicate.
If you like Mum, Sigor Ros, Bjork, Cocteau Twins or CocoRosie and the like- I imagine you will have a good time with album. I also recommend this for folks who like sound scaping things along the lines of Robert Fripp or fans of Miles Davis- In A Silent Way.
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This all female group spins enchanting music evoking crystalline night skies, Northern Lights, and steam-powered dreamscapes; like breathing pure oxygen.Published on June 20, 2013 by karen
Amiina's Kurr is a great piece of work, Sigur Rós' string quartet was really well chosen. Only a few albums have the feeling this one does, for me it's a weird mixture of... Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by just another customer
Known primarily as the four pixies (decked out in pseudo-spinster garb) who traveled the world opening for Sigur Ros as the height of their Takk fame, Amiina - María Huld... Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Gregory William Locke
as a huge fan of sigur ros, i was pleased to find out that the girls who made up their string section were making a cd of their own. Read morePublished on July 9, 2009 by Alice Fire
There's an epicyclic music-box quality to this consistently fragile and delicate work: a sense of precision at once profound and simultaneously subsumed by its resultant beauty and... Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by Hank Napkin
Product came in quickly and was of excellent quality. I have not heard Amiina's work before but I am impressed by the sound.Published on December 26, 2008 by Everett L. Crockett
This graceful piece has all the bells, strings, xylophone and chime influences which will catch you ears in a kind way. Read morePublished on April 18, 2008 by DomFen
To be honest, Amiina didn't really grab me the first time I listened. It flowed in one ear, out the other, and left me thinking, "What was I listening to again? Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by EA Solinas
Similarly to Sigur Ros... Amiina is grand... and it arrived at the same time/in the same package as their boy-icelandic-counterpart. Read morePublished on December 13, 2007 by Jonnie Estes