Boomkat Product Review:
In 'Saman' celebrated cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir returns to Touch with the dramatic follow-up to 'Leyfðu Ljósinu' (2012).
The album's title, meaning "Together", symbolises the connection of Hildur's two primary instruments, her voice and cello, and the way they complement, contrast and mirror each other. The results are engrossing, a solemnly beautiful, at times heart-breaking suite of richly resonant cello and poised, pensile vocals including a gorgeous reprise of Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himnasmiður', plus the plaintive beauty of 'Heima' featuring regular collaborator an renowned bassist Skúli Sverrisson, and the keening darkness of 'Þoka'.
Perhaps more intangible but nevertheless integral to the album's impact, recording her cello and vocals thru 2 grand pianos in Berlin accentuates the subtle play of light and dark tones, with exquisite mixing by Huldur and Francesco Donadello and mastering by Denis Blackham perfectly suspending the whole thing out of time and place in its own chamber-like experience...