Samaris return with a brand new album ‘Black Lights’ via One Little Indian on 10th June.
Written and recorded over the past year in Berlin, Reykjavik and Ireland, ‘Black Lights’ is the Icelandic trio’s most fully realised and accessible record yet - sung for the first time entirely in English, and headed up by gorgeous lead-off single ‘Wanted 2 Say’, released on 8th April.
The band have just announced whistle-stop European dates in April ahead of a full tour in June.
‘Black Lights’ is a reflection on both the expanded horizons afforded by a year of experiences on the road following the release of 2014’s ‘Silkidrangar’, and of a period of change and not a little emotional turmoil for all three band members.
The way the new album came together reflects the changing personal circumstances of the group over the last year. All are now based in separate cities: Þórður Kári Steinþórsson (aka Doddi - programming) relocating to Berlin to take part in the city’s burgeoning techno scene, Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir (clarinet) to The Hague to study a specialised Sonology course and Jófríður Ákadóttir (voice) footloose, traveling to experience new places and the musical cultures within them.
released June 10, 2016
Written, recorded and produced by Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir, Jófríður Ákadóttir and Þórður Kári Steinþórsson.
Additional production on ‘Siren Shout’ by Andri Dagur Hermannsson
Additional engineering by Friðfinnur ‘Oculus’ Sigurðsson and Þorbjörn Kolbrúnarson.
Mixed by Friðfinnur ‘Oculus’ Sigurðsson and Þórður Kári
Mastered by Mandy Parnell
Thank you -
Derek Birkett and everyone at One Little Indian, Friðfinnur ‘Oculus’ Sigurðsson, Guðmundur Kristinn Jónsson, Friðjón Jónsson and everyone at Hljóðriti studios, Colm O’Herlihy, Jerry and Mary O’Herlihy, Ian Ring, Jonas Verwijnen at Kaiku Studios, Þorbjörn Kolbrúnarson, Sami Forzinetti and Alex Clapworthy, Andri Dagur Hermannsson, Bjargmundur Ingi Kjartansson, MC Nonni, Anna Tómasdóttir and Tómas Þorvaldsson,
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Samaris is an electronic music group from Iceland which formed in January 2011 and consists of Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir (clarinet), Þórður Kári Steinþórsson (electronics) and Jófríður Ákadóttir (vocals)
Second Sun was my introduction to Bonobo, and that song will stick with me forever. The strange ambient style was unlike anything I've heard before, and the rest of the album didn't disappoint either. carltagan
It's hard to decide on my favourite track, they are all great. The whole atmosphere of the album is one of late summer and oppressive heat, with people slowly roaming dusty streets or hanging out in sparse shadow, old cars with plastic charms bleached out by the sun dangling from rear mirrors, motels with box air conditioners louder than they are effective... mitula