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Blikktromman – Samaris

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Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka ‘Doddi’), clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s enchanting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals.

The overall effect is simultaneously ancient and modern – an ethereal sound filled with dark spaces and alien atmosphere.

The continuous travel, and playing shows in different, unfamiliar places—from packed nightclubs in some of the world’s biggest cities, to large-scale open-air festivals in front of crowds of thousands—was eye-opening for the young Icelandic trio. It culminated in a deepened musical understanding, and a sibling-like personal connection. All of this experience is audible on their second studio album, “Black Lights.”