Boomkat Product Review:
Recorded entirely in a church in his hometown of Isafjordur, Iceland, Mugison's soundtrack to Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's "Niceland" is another brilliantly ecclectic and homegrown extravaganza, in the finest tradition of the great post-soundtrack masters of our age - Vincent Gallo fast coming to mind. The press notes describe this beautiful album as "Will Oldham meets ‘Amelie’", which actually isn't too bad a summary of the ice-strewn porch folk and electronic malfunctioning at play across this album's heartwarming 22 tracks. Mugison veers from sounding at one moment like a folksy cross between the Beatles and Radiohead, before his voracious instrumental appetite brings to mind that other Icelandic maverick - Bjork. Harmonica, strings, an array of guitars, melodica, accordion, piano, all manner of electronic fixes and disruptions, hushed and growing voices, lots of campfire found-sounds and field-recorded narratives - making for an album that's like Ketamin blues for lonely hearts. I've no idea what the film "Niceland" is like, but Mugison has already created a messed up and glamourously beautiful picture in my mind - and that's some compliment. Lovely.