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Boomkat Product Review:
Either I'm losing my marbles, or Mogwai's 'Rock Action' seems to be having an inordinately large influence on recent releases. The newest artist to stride forth wearing their Scot Post Rock armband is Iceland's Olvis (aka Orlygur Thor Orlygsson) whose second album, 'The Blue Sound', is an orchestra drenched collection of understated songs which radiate naturally towards the less boisterous end of the musical spectrum. Opening with the beautifully fermented beats of 'Acid Trip Festival', Olvis goes on to pull a whole load of jazz from his hat and ends up sounding not unlike the theme tune for 'Tales of the Unexpected'. But in a good way. With an almost 50/50 split in terms of tracks with or without vocals, when Olvis does sing it is always in Icelandic, lending the songs a sense of mystique and heritage that would easily have been lost in English. With loquacious musical flourishes springing up like Juturna, Olvis dabbles in some sunshine-drenched psych-rock on 'Mental Freedom', has a bout pop writing on 'Warfare and Welfare' and thoroughly proves my Mogwai thesis on 'Moving to Mars'. This is a simply exquisite album, those of you who picked up this guy's debut will more or less know what to expect, those of you who didn't will have just discovered a real hidden gem. Highly Recommended.