Börn hit the ground running in our most recent track of the issue. “Sviðin jörð” (“Scorched Earth”) needs no introduction, no buildup. It starts strong and stays there. Sounding as if recorded in some long-abandoned, dingy basement, this track is no frills, just two minutes and fifty-two seconds of a driving rhythm and bass, hollow phasered-out guitar, and vocals that don’t just suggest frustration—they tell you, point blank and bold-faced.
To be fair, almost every song by Börn has got a clearly legible “fuck you” attached—but “Sviðin Jörð” goes above and beyond: “Let’s light Reykjavík on fire/and dance on the ashen remains of the patriarchy.”
Let us assure you, Börn spare no one—and every moment of it is excellent.
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