I will be the forest and you will be the dead tree

Sin Fang Bous

I’ve been listening to “Clangour”, an album by an Icelandic bloke calling himself Sin Fang Bous for most of the week. It’s a belting little record that skips along at a fair old pace, full of Tunng-like harmonies and idiosyncratic little glitches.

Watch this:

Sin Fang Bous is actually Sindri Mar Sigfusson, from Iceland who also plays in a more acoustic outfit called Seabear, but I’m not going to pretend I knew (or indeed know) much about either release, other than that “Clangour” is a record I shall be listening to a lot more in the next months.

Here, let Icelandic Music Export fill in the gaps:

Sin Fang Bous a.k.a. Sindri Mar Sigfusson, is traditionally known as the founder/frontman of Icelandic sensations Seabear. Though Seabear began as Sindri’s one-man project – he self-released the debut “Singing Arc” (2004) on his own – the project has gradually grown to encompass anything up to seven members.After putting out the glorious “The Ghost That Carried Us Away” in 2007, Sindri has once again returned to his solo origins, renaming himself Sin Fang Bous to release “Clangour”. Recorded and self-produced in his home studio, it sounds like he had a lot of fun making it.More electronic and upbeat than Seabear, it’s full of Animal Collective-style pop melodies, an esoteric rainbow of sounds and a savvy balance of the accessible and the experimental. IMX”

IMX, then go on to interview the man himself, and talk about his plans. (You can read the interview here)

Clangour is released by Morr Records, and has been out a mere two months (finger – pulse. Oh yes…). You can of course buy it from Emusic or from Morr themselves.

No free downloads from Sin Fang Bous, I’m afraid, (although there is another video available at Pitchfork TV), so I’m putting up my favourite two Seabears tracks from a giveaway EP – if you like them go back and get the others, here.

You’re Not Strange Enough – Seabears

Midori Green – Seabears

I perch on bridges and bellow, while dreaming only of thee

I think I may have mentioned that one of the main reasons for my starting this Blog was that I hoped by so doing I would be overwhelmed by free CDs, backstage passes and offers of sexual favours.

Whilst I shall remain tight-lipped over the latter (a gentleman never tells), I have to say that on the former hopes, the haul has been less than impressive (five CDs and an invite to an in-store performance a hundred miles away). I have racked my brains about this lack of success in the freeloading department and am forced to conclude I’m just not that good at it. I do a piece on a band then forget all about them (literally so in at least one case), I get my name on mailing lists and then somehow don’t get round to passing on the updates I get from them. It’s hopeless, really.

Anyway, this is all going to change. And I’m starting here…

The Handsome Family

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Loose Records (see!) have made a new download from Brett and Rennie Sparks available to all, free of charge. Here’s what Loose say…

“They have long considered their music to be Romantic in the 19th century sense of the word: full of an awed sense of emotion in the face of nature’s mysteries and this has never before been clearer than on their eighth album Honey Moon – a collection of songs written to celebrate their twentieth year of marriage. It is, according to Rennie, a love song to the world that takes place under bowed branches and deep within winding corn mazes. Lovers kiss in dripping wet caves and call to each other from trembling mountain peaks. They sigh on windy drawbridges and weep silver puddles in the street.”

It’s a charming little number about insect love, and it made me smile

Darling My Darling

I’ve put the track up here, (mainly to make use of the Yahoo Media Player thingie I’m trying out…), but really you should go to the Loose Site itself and snag it there.

Happy Anniversary to both.

Your lives are to be spared…

Ain’t snow days grand!

Done my best, went into school, chatted to a few parents, built a snowman outside my classroom and went home.

Here’s a track by a band called I Am Spartacus on Gringo records, and it’s a gentle contemplative piece of instrumental music, just right for the day. Get it on your mp3 and stare out of the window, let the snow flakes meander past…

Under the Pavement – I Am Spartacus

You can buy the album from Emusic, here.

Now, altogether now…