Kippi Kaninus - The Reykjavik Grapevine

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Kippi Kaninus


Published September 14, 2009

Beautiful and slightly surreal
Kippi Kaninus, otherwise known as Guðmundur Karlsson, is not a newcomer to the Reykjavík music scene. He released his début album in 2001 and has worked steadily since, building a hefty profile. His latest creation, Happens Secretly, is a delicately woven affair. It combines multi-layered electronica with beautiful, almost ethereal vocal and instrumental sampling to create music that is somehow simultaneously tangible and evanescent—very pleasant to listen to anyhow. The album maintains a steady, relaxed pace throughout, but manages to avoid falling into the trap of becoming boring background music through its distinctive sound and well metered progression. Happens Secretly would probably not appeal to those with a preference for a more mainstream, less experimental sound, but for everyone else it is well worth checking out.


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