Published September 26, 2008
This record is put on the desk in a brown paper bag. No previous encounters with the band. Whatever to expect? It’s just an EP so if it’s tedious, then at least it will be over soon. It was a late Sunday night, I lit some candles and pressed play. Holy smoke. Not being able to understand foreign lyrics can often be a shortcoming to the listener if the music grates. However, a deeper listen beyond the words reveal that the folk and bluegrass on offer here is amusingly peculiar enough in its conviction while still sounding catchy. This lead singer sure sounds like a real character. Sökudólgarnir translates as ‘The Culprits’ and the music is similarly mischievous. All five tracks are strong, especially the upbeat country of ‘Símanúmerabúggí’ that creates an urge to see it played in the flesh. The band offer variety as ‘Rónablús’ offers a light blues boogie, if you’ll please take the record by the hand.
Unknown quantities equate to a positive surprise