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Album Review

The warm and fuzzy pop of Sin Fang Bous, a solo project of Seabear's Sindri Mar Sigfusson indebted as much to twee shoegaze as much as crackling glitch, gets a lovely showcase from the start on Clangour, with the rushed hyperactivity of "Advent in Ives Garden" kicking things off. With confections like the surf-touched "Melt Down the Knives" and the pulsing beat and soft banjo of "We Belong" — not a Pat Benatar cover, but that would have been interesting — the album balances sunniness with a thick fog of echo more than slightly suggestive of early Magnetic Fields, but the singing of Sigfusson, especially on the conclusion of "Fa Fa Fa" but in evidence throughout, is nowhere near Stephin Merritt's dark murmurings (and some might find that a distinct plus). At times a more rock & roll approach takes the lead, at least in a classically lo-fi manner — thus the peppy, psych-tinged strum of "Catch the Light," Sigfusson's vocals an emotional ghostly whisper. Elsewhere the shimmering folk beauty of "A Fire to Sleep In," acoustic guitar and hushed harmony singing suddenly given a brisk, stuttering electronic beat below the extra textures in the arrangement, stands out as a beautiful highlight, the performance getting brighter and more attractive as the song progresses.

Customer Reviews

great

Really beautiful album. If I had to compare him to any other bands I'd say a mix between Animal Collective and Sigur Ros. I recommend it!

Well Kept Secret

How have I missed this album? Maybe because it was left off of many year end 'best of' lists due to its late 2008 release. If all of Morr's releases are leaning this way, I will definitely revisit. For fans of Manitoba / Caribou.

Biography

Born: Reykjavik, Iceland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Sin Fang Bous is a solo project of Seabear founder and singer/songwriter Sindri Már Sigfússon. Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, Sigfússon originally founded Seabear as a solo effort and then added other members. Sin Fang Bous finds him delving into similarly minded territory with music that incorporates '60s pop, modern indie rock, and some traditional Icelandic folk elements. Sin Fang Bous released its debut album, Clangour, on Morr Music in 2009. In 2011, Sigfússon had dropped the Bous...
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