Boomkat Product Review:
Letra Rec is a promising new label from The Boats’ Andrew Hargreaves and Craig Tattersall, who start off with a tenderly meditative suite of soundscapes and mantras by Iceland’s Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, improvised with friends under her Kira-Kira moniker. Highly recommended if yr into Julee Cruise, Arve Henriksen, Múm, Sigur Rós...
The co-founder of the Kitchen Motors label with Jóhann Jóhannsson (R.I.P.) and Hilmar Jensson, a onetime collaborator with múm, and an artist behind four solo albums, Kristin brings a fine set of disciplines and a friendly disposition toward collaboration to ‘UNA’, which she offers as a contribution to music as a form of healing, sanctuary or meditation.
Improvised at home over the course of a year with friends and lovers, the album is a cycle of soundscapes and mantras based on words from The Foundation for Inner Peace book “A Course in Miracles” (A Miracle is A Shift In Perception From Fear To Love) and the Sanskrit mantra “Samgacchadvam” (Together is A Place), as well as new written text designed as “medicine for the mind.”
The combination of music and words relates directly to Kristin’s longstanding practice of yoga and meditation techniques, as she says: “I’ve practiced Yoga and meditation avidly for about 10 years now and so I am well familiar with the practice of using mantras as medicine for the mind and spirit. But finding words outside the traditional arsenal of healing mantras that resonate with me personally was something else and has taken things to a new level.”
Guided by intuition, on ‘UNA’ Kira unfurls 6 purposeful mantras for positive imaginations, using little more than vocals, tape loops and space echo to render radiant webs of spectral sound and space that caress the listener in her cat’s cradle.