Published August 8, 2011
Today the sun is shining, people are smiling and the birds are singing. But sod that, because the doom-meister from Dalvík is back! Dathi’s latest album continues where he left off at his last one, ‘Self Portrait,’ by ploughing the lonely furrow of being Iceland’s only true exponent of apocalyptic folk.
His lyrics have become even more doom-laden, brutal and pitiless. With titles such as ‘Killing Me,’ ‘Self Abuse’ and ‘Please Help Me Now,’ I’m actually starting to be concerned for this guy’s mental health.
Ironically, his music and songcraft have gotten better. Although his voice sometimes falters on the long notes (such as on ‘Buried Alive’), the music has a soft soothing feeling, with simple plucked acoustic guitar and occasional trumpet and accordion sound drifting in an out like so many bad memo-ries.
I’m sure people will balk at the truly suicidal tone of his music, but come the clusterfucks of Menningarnótt and Verslunarmannahelgi, you’ll be beg-ging for this as your soundtrack!
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