Published February 21, 2012
‘Strengur, the latest work by string musician Tómas R Einarsson, uses the metaphor of ‘strengir’ “strings”) to tie together what is basically a concept album, based around the idea of the ‘strengir’ on a double bass, the ‘strengir’ (the word can also mean “water currents”) in rivers and other bodies of water around Iceland, and the ‘strengir’ that connect him with his forefathers.
The album, beautifully dedicated with a poem to his late daughter Ástriður, is thus built around recordings taken up of rivers and streams all over Iceland, and then overlaid with a double bass and percussion that ‘follow’ the movements and rhythms of the water. Though potentially ‘Strengur’ is based on a concept which could very well cave in on its own complexity, it is so simply and beautifully done that it does the opposite, and using these three ‘strings’, a fine album has been crafted.
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