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Rafsteinn: Rebirth

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Published August 30, 2012

In a break from their usual psychedelic/garage rock recordings on offer from Ching Ching Bling Bling, this five-track EP from artist Hafsteinn M. Guðmundsson (who looks like a Stasi claims adjuster on the cover art) is a short, sharp burst of delightfully brooding darkwave, complete with one-word song titles and bleak aesthetics. Tracks like “Black” have droning synths and simple nodding beats that recall those early ’80s minimal wave bedroom recordings, but with a more expansive touch to the production. It may not break new ground, but at least it’s the antithesis of the usual sparkly krútt-pop that people have become used to.
So if you need a little something for when you’re standing at the harbour, looking out to sea on a grey, shitty day, this comes recommended.

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