Stafraenn Hakon - Aftur

(DRL343: 708527034316/DRL343-3/DRL343-4/vogorcd18: 780392085105)
Release date: 05/24/2019
Genre: Post rock, Ambient

Digital and CD available now.

Limited edition of 250 clear sky blue vinyl LP with download in gatefold jacket available 5/24.

The Icelandic band Stafrænn Hákon was born in 2001 as a lo-fi experimental project and has been steadily evolving ever since. Today its a full band which incidentally has released its 11th album titled Aftur. Aftur follows 2017's self-released instrumental album Hausi and two Darla released full length albums Eternal Horse and Sanitas

After Stafrænn Hákon released its instrumental album Hausi in 2017, the band decided to delve into the melodic aspect of music, focusing on harmonized vocals and subtle, yet dynamic instrumentation.

The band´s trademark soundscape is clearly recognizable on Aftur with floaty electric guitars, voice, subtle atmospheres and acoustic textures such as harps and piano.

The album Aftur features 10 songs in total. The main vocalist in Stafrænn Hákon is, as before, the affable architect Magnús Freyr Gíslason. The Dutchman Minco Eggersman, a long time collaborator appears on one song and the Icelandic singer/songwriter Benni Hemm Hemm appears on one song as well.

Aftur can be described as a magical musical journey through Stafrænn Hákon´s subtle atmospheric world and melodic/ambient approach to rock and pop music.

aybe not as much crescendos and distortion blowout going on on this one BUT I believe there are some nice dynamics in the instrumental songs and some of the vocal songs like Bakki and Mýri... I wanted to express the smoothness behind the band with this record, meaning the sound not to be filled with too many explosive delayed/reverbed guitars, but more focus on melodies and some harmonies and play around with that. This is also the first record we've recorded entirely through some PRO quality gear :-) but since we are coming from this post-rock roots sort of... the music is written that way and I just love mixing some vocals and melodies into that context i suppose." - Ólafur Josephsson

Stafrænn Hákon´s core consist today of 5 members; the two guitarists Ólafur Josephsson and Lárus Sigurðsson, Árni Þór Árnason who plays bass guitar, Róbert Már Runólfsson who plays the drums and aforementioned Magnús Freyr who is the main vocalist. Together they create a rather tight, melodic sound world. Suffice to say Aftur is the bands most refined and mature album to date.

1. Aftur
2. Bakki
3. Tene
4. Juli
5. Myri
6. Kjarr
7. Vagn
8. Kastast
9. Horizon
10. Hann Bognar

Related Items

Dennis Sheridan - Midwestern Pacific
Dennis Sheridan - Midwestern Pacific from $7.00 - $10.00
Quick Shop
Spheruleus - Colossian
Spheruleus - Colossian $1.00
Quick Shop
Skyphone - Four Colours
Skyphone - Four Colours $1.00
Quick Shop
Skyphone - Klev
Skyphone - Klev $1.00
Quick Shop
Red Sleeping Beauty - Tonight EP
Red Sleeping Beauty - Tonight EP $5.80
Quick Shop
Galaxy Fingers - The Last Bastion Of Fox Quality
Galaxy Fingers - The Last Bastion Of Fox Quality $15.25
Quick Shop
Flying Fish Cove - En Garde EP
Flying Fish Cove - En Garde EP $5.80
Quick Shop
Stars On Fire - Blue Skies Above
Stars On Fire - Blue Skies Above $5.80
Quick Shop