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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

I like it

The album mixes pop and electronic sounds to create an effect that works. Also, to the other commenter, why are you reviewing alternative music if you like metallica? Go listen to Enter Sandman and stop rating badly and listening to music you obviously don't like.

Innovative and Interesting

I really like this album. Tracks like "We Belong" and "Fa Fa Fa" offer something creative and new, whereas "Advent in the Garden" is a bit more catchy and pop-ish. If you like Beirut this would probably be a good album for you.

Well here's a new sound.

Pleasant surprise for the last album previewed of the week. A unique and fun sound, I recommend the lot.


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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