Stafrænn Hákon - Sanitas - The Reykjavik Grapevine

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Stafrænn Hákon – Sanitas

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Published July 19, 2010

There was a point somewhere about five years ago when post-rock went from still being something, kinda, to becoming full-on cock-rock that overcompensating dudebros could justifiably cry over. Probably due to the fact that the super emotionally-charged song structures are played on really, really loud guitars. Then football movies oversaturated their soundtracks with Explosions In The Sky and it all went bust. Thanks a buttload, Friday Night Lights!
Now it doesn’t seem like it‘s been quite long enough for the genre to make a full-on comeback, but Strafrænn Hákon’s latest album does make a worthwhile effort to launch it back onto the runway.
Everything else I’ve heard this guy do has been really experimental, ambient, weird noise stuff that I REALLY loved, so hearing him go all melodic and lyrical kind of took me by surprise, but it’s not bad at all. I didn’t really lose my shit either though. It doesn’t really have a consistent flow of energy from start to finish, albeit some solid songwriting. The stand-out track here is definitely ‘Val Kilmer’, which is about as intense and scary as the actor himself was in Top Gun.


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