Singer/songwriter Snorri Helgason first made his name with everyone’s favourite band of 2007, Sprengjuhöllin, who with a ‘difficult second album’ managed to fade into semi-obscurity before going on indefinite hiatus. Both of their releases are worth seeking out though, even though the vibrant energy of début ‘Tímarnir okkar’ remains the better of the two.
Fortunately, Snorri kept going, releasing a fine solo début called ‘I’m Gonna Put My Name On Your Door’ in late 2009. The début clearly indicated that Snorri had been Sprengjuhöllin’s songwriting force majeure and rekindled his old fans’ flame while gaining him some new ones.
Now based in London, where he is spreading the gospel of Helgason gig by gig, Snorri has crafted a new album that sees him really reach his full potential as a songwriter, lyricist and singer. Recorded under the aegis of Sin Fang/Seabear maestro Sindri Már Sigfússon—who brings his excellent ear and smashing talent to the table—the album is a proper gem, filled with fetching melodies and subtle moods that make it fit for a relaxed evening at home or a pondering walk through the wilderness. On our TRACK OF THE ISSUE, ‘Mockingbird’, Snorri betrays influences old (Townes Van Zandt) and new (Fleet Foxes), tastefully wrapped up in the sonic wonderland of Sindri Már. Check it out!
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