Boomkat Product Review:
*FABULOUS DEBUT ALBUM FROM ICELAND'S BORKO, FANS OF MUM TAKE NOTE!* Maintaining Morr Music's strong relationship with Iceland's musical exports is this new album by Borko, an artist who first made waves amongst fans of melodic electronic music with 2001's Trees & Limbo. Pretty much ever since, Bjorn Kristiansson has been piecing together this album (the oldest song on here is a full six years old), re-establishing those early connections to homespun warmth whilst adding an expansive range of organic instruments as well as the odd vocal element here and there. A cursory flick through the album and you'll find yourself listening to the record you expected Mùm to come out with last year, littered as it is with expansive post-rock elements and homely electroacoustics all sewn together in a fashion reminiscent of 'Finally We Are No One'. This is especially true of the effervescent opening piece 'Continental Love', which builds to a frenzied, ecstatic wail, propped up by boisterous guitars, boxy old drumkits and all manner of lo-fi wheezing. A little more organised, 'Spoonstabber' fires up with an offbeat, funereal horn accompaniment before 'Shoobaba' resounds with a slow and stately melodic integrity, a bit like Air's 'Run' from Talkie Walkie. One of the least electronic cuts on the album, 'Summer Logic' proves to be one of the highlights: it's a five-minute instrumental based around fanfare-like brass figures and simple harmonica melodies, making Borko sound far bigger than a mere one-man-band. 'Celebrating Life' has certainly clocked-up a longer-than-average period of gestation, but it seems like time very well spent indeed. Gorgeous stuff - Essential Purchase.