Published February 22, 2012
‘Töf’ is Náttfari’s debut even though they formed way back in 2000. This is because Náttfari had been on hiatus since 2002 and only reunited to play Airwaves 2010.
‘Töf’ itself works best when listened to as a whole. It doesn’t seem like just a bunch of songs thrown together like most albums; it sounds like a collection of songs intended to have their own specific place within the album. Initially songs seem a little unfinished insofar as they don’t seem to go anywhere, but as the album unfurls they start to make sense within the context of the whole.
This album will likely get lumped into the Post-Rock category, which is what you get for having little to no vocals, but there is a strong Kraut-Rock vibe going on too. ‘Töf’ also has a really nice sense of space. Individual parts are allowed to breathe and partly because of this ‘Töf’ reminds me fleetingly of Earth’s ‘Hex’ album with its sparse, reverb guitars chiming almost Country-Rock like across some imaginary plain. This album isn’t mind-blowing, but it is pretty good.