Samaris performs at The Tin Drum concert series in Kaldalón April 5 at 8 pm.
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 lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems.
“You could say the words have been delicately sewn together and in a way they already have their song, their own melody when you read them” suggests Áslaug. 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.”
At the 2016 Iceland Music Awards, Black Lights was voted the best album and Jófríður won the singer of the year.
Tickets available here
(Photo by Magnus Andersen for Grapevine)