TUNE Samaris - Tibrá (edit)
S A M A R I S
New Single, ‘Tíbrá’
Released 12th January 2015
One Little Indian, cat. no. 1258tp7dl
December UK Tour + Iceland Airwaves + Eurosonic + By:Larm
Samaris are set to release a new single Tíbrá on 12th of January. Tíbrá [pronounced TEA-BROW, rhymes with ‘me now’] is the 3rd and final single to be taken from their acclaimed ‘Silkidrangar’ album.
The group have spent a good deal of summer 2014 on the road with festival appearances at Roskilde, Green Man, Reeperbahn, Longitude and All Tomorrow’s Parties drawing ever larger crowds, curiosity aroused by word-of-mouth and the band’s powerfully hypnotic brand of electronica.
Following a brief run of dates with The Acid in September, the group are back for their first headline UK shows in December:
Thu 4th Dec Glasgow Broadcast
Fri 5th Dec Brighton Green Door Store (Drill Festival)
Sat 6th Dec Manchester Castle Hotel
Mon 8th Dec London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Samaris are also among the very first confirmations for both Eurosonic & By:Larm festivals in 2015. Full live dates http://samaris.is/
Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka ‘Doddi’), clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s enchanting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and pulse-like beats with haunting chanted vocals - the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems. “You could say the words have been delicately sewn together and in a way they already have their song, their own melody when you read them” suggests Áslaug. The overall effect is simultaneously ancient and modern – a sensual sound filled with dark spaces and alien atmosphere.
Within months of forming in Reykjavik in 2011, Samaris had won both the Icelandic Músíktilraunir and Kraumur Award, before the international release last summer of their two Icelandic EPs as the eponymous ‘Samaris’ further expanded horizons. “We want people to experience something they haven’t experienced before,” they told a curious Dazed & Confused while glowing reviews of the album appeared everywhere from the NME to the FT. Very quickly the original aspiration of “just wearing funny costumes and thinking maybe we could get a gig in a bar in Reykjavik” seemed distant as Samaris moved into the international scene last year, playing European festivals like Sonar, Berlin Music Week, Electric Picnic and a sold out JaJaJa show here in London.
“The lack of a common language doesn’t stop you getting swept up in the band’s strangely sensual world.” NME
“An entirely other-worldly experience…quite possibly one of the strongest albums this year” ******So So Gay
“Silkidrangar transcends language and symbolism, casting a spell on the listener” The Ground
“Few things elicit such visceral reactions from us” 8.5/10 The Line of Best Fit
“A stunning record in its own right” 8/10 Drowned In Sound
“[Samaris are] on the verge of something great” Figure8
“An excellent forward thinking record’ 8/10 Loud &Quiet
“Iceland’s most seductive new export” The Girls Are
“Go forth and be mesmerised” 405