Published February 17, 2011
With ‘Átján og hundrað’, Prins Póló created one of Iceland’s more hideously catchy songs 2009. Fast forward a year and Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson’s (of Skakkamanage) one-man project (now called Prinspóló) again enchants with the same lo-fi acoustic pop, this time with the debut album ‘Jukk’.
However on this occasion there’s a more expansive, psychedelic bent to the music, as if Svavar’s just discovered the Beta Band’s ‘3 EPs’ for the first time. The songs sound loose and free, usually starting with a simple continuous acoustic riff that’s allowed to roam the hills before the other instruments realise it’s missing and decide to wander off to find it. Despite the greater ambition, it’s still as ramshackle as ever (the tambourine bashings on ‘Njótum afans’ sound so out of time it’s practically in time). Many albums often try to do the whole ‘happy loose pop’ shtick, but Jukk not only pulls it off, it make it look easy as well.