Boomkat Product Review:
Due to a linguistic quirk within the development of the Icelandic language, it is possible for contemporary Icelanders to read and perfectly understand texts that date back almost 1000 years providing everyone with an undiluted, tacit link to their nations past. I have often wondered whether this language factor plays at least some part in the coherent feel (if not sound) of much of the music emanating from the island in recent years, the newest addition to which is Reykjavik's Blindfold. Best known as Biggi from Static Caravan’s Ampop, Blindfold's eponymous debut opens with 'Intro(vert)'; a collection of glowing instrumentronica whose delicate foregrounds and dripping clicks can't help but bring to mind Mum. Similarly 'Sleepless Night's may have overt shades of Manual and even Ulrich Schnauss in its perfectly appointed indietronica, but it's the Sigur Ros connection which burns through the clouds as off kilter vocals become offset against broad, sun-blushed tundra's. Elsewhere 'Daze' borrows the orchestral manoeuvres of Telefon Tel Aviv, 'Blindfold' references everyone from the Doves to Bola, whilst 'Don't Despair' is a sleepy Mogwai. Closing with the Slowdive indebted 'Pokubornin (Foggy Children)', Blindfold have made a gorgeously textured album whose aural Putsch is impossible to resist. Lovely.