Boomkat Product Review:
Ditching the orchestral manoeuvres of his last album, Iceland’s wondrous Johann Johannsonn has instead embraced the more traditional song structure for 'Dis'; a kind of soundtrack project, but for what I'm not sure. One moment as happy as Larry, the next pondering the fragility of mankind, 'Dis' sees Johannsonn's mood-ring flashing like a disco. Opening with 'Bangkok Nordursins', Johannsonn approaches with a gleaming (if not pathos dusted) smile, taking a healthy leaf from the books of Hermann & Kleine and Mum, before dredging indie-fried riffs for '10 Rokkstig'. After this bucolic opening, the first real taste of a darker Johannson comes on the stunning 'Ja, Hemmi Min', wherein a muted exuberance leads to a sound reminiscent of Vladislav Delay collaborating with Sigur Ros. If you're not sure how that would sound, let me summarise; it's an unqualified success. Elsewhere, both 'Jardarfor' and 'Flugeldar' tickle the ivories in a fashion that will please anyone recently bewitched by Hauscka and The Boats, whilst 'Efripides Og Nedripides' makes real the intriguing spectre of a Mum/Supergrass hook-up. Featuring members ofReykjavik bands Funerals, Slowblow and Trabant as well as renowned Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jennsson and one of Iceland's most beloved singers, Ragnheidur Grondal, this is a very different and wholly unexpected album from one of our favourite producers of the moment – check it immediately.