We Will Live For Ages is Hjaltalín’s first official release—their first new song—since the band unexpectedly leapt from middling indie mediocrity right into the stratosphere back in late 2012, shattering our collective selves into an ecstatically melancholic heap of shards with their altogether surprising, genuinely majestic Magnum Opus, Enter IV.
Enter IV is an ambitious, cohesive and brave work of art, a solemn meditation on some dead serious, deeply personal (yet oddly universal) topics. While it at times betrays hints of blue-eyed optimism, Enter IV is ultimately a great big downer of a record, one that revels in despair, dark thoughts and difficult decisions. Records like that are necessary and important—just ask The Cure’s Disintegration—and should be celebrated. Naming it Reykjavík Grapevine’s Album Of The Year 2012 was an easy and obvious decision.
So, yeah. We had some high expectations. And guess what: We Will Live For Ages does a damn fine job of meeting them.
At first listen, the new tune feels carefree and breezy, an ideal soundtrack to lounging through a lazy summer. Driven by Hjaltalín’s tight rhythm section, it starts off in a stripped-down, nonchalant manner, slowly adding layers of arrangement that eventually explode in a joyful baroque crescendo, complete with gospel choir. Indeed, We Will Live For Ages is markedly more hopeful than anything off Enter IV, a sincerely joyful declaration of newfound independence and faith.
It’s a good tune, is what it is.
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Hey! Here’s a nice Högni Egilsson interview!