We are very proud to present the latest member of the 12 Tónar family, Samaris.
Samaris is Jófríður Ákadóttir on vocals, Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir on clarinet and Þórður Kári Steinþórsson electronics. They started playing together in 2011 and the same year they won Músiktilraunir, a competition for up and coming Icelandic bands. The lush, atmospheric electronics that are their signature sound, plus lyrics that are all from classical Icelandic poetry has earned them a great reputation, both locally and internationally. Samaris released the EP Hljóma Þú for Iceland Airwaves in 2011 and one year later they released another EP called Stofnar falla, recorded in collaboration with Birgir Jón Birgisson and Gynnar Tynes (múm). In the beginning of year 2013 Samaris signed a contract with 12 Tónar in Iceland and One Little Indian in the UK. That summer they relased the self titled album Samaris. The album contains both of their previosly released EP’s and remixes of a few songs and has received some great reviews from respected music critics, both locally and internationally. The mixture of electro beats, Áslaug’s floating clarinet playing and Jófríður’s enigmatic voice has shown to be a winning formula. Samaris is now working on their first full length album in collaboration with producer Oculus. Until then, this is IT!
"Elegant and unusual, this is a gem" 8/10 NME
"Premier league of forward-thinking electro" **** The Fly
"Everything about this group is smart, clever, knowing and elemental" **** The Financial Times
“A band with a gift for piecing songs together in a way that makes everyting – even the most unfashionable of instruments – feel just right” 8/10 The Line of Best Fit
"If it's any indicator of what to expect from Samaris in the future, then the world is going to be a better place. ... Samaris is superb. It's fantastic. It's amazing. It's... really... really... there's not even enough adjectives to describe it, that's how good it is." 8.5/10 The 405.
Listen to Samaris – Samaris at our friends at gogoyoko: http://www.gogoyoko.com/store/album/Samaris
Check out the video to “Góða tungl”: