TUNE Samaris - 'Black Lights' (edit)
New Single, 10th June
One Little Indian Cat. No. 1353TP7CDP
‘Breathes in colour and atmosphere’ THUMP
‘Forward thinking’ Loud & Quiet
‘A strangely sensual world’ NME
‘Stunning’ Drowned in Sound
‘Go forth and be mesmerised’ 405
‘Few things elicit such visceral reactions from us’
The Line of Best Fit
Samaris are to release the title track from their forthcoming ‘Black Lights’ album as a single on 10th June. Written and recorded over the past year in Berlin, Reykjavik and Ireland, ‘Black Lights’ is the Icelandic trio’s most fully realised and accessible album yet - sung for the first time entirely in English, headed up by it’s gorgeous lead single ‘Wanted 2 Say’.
Says Doddi of the new single: “This one was written by me and Slugs (Áslaug) in Hljóðriti, the chords are a sample of the clarinet and the arpeggiator is a sample of Jófríður’s voice. I remember we were really quick coming up with it. The demo was called ‘Nofríður’ because she wasn’t there and one of the sounds in it is me singing in a vocoder. Me and Jófríður went to Ireland and recorded a demo of the vocals the final vocal take recorded in London. The original was 15 minutes long, we could listen to the loop for hours so the arrangement was quite tricky, we had to leave a bunch of sounds and melodies out…”
The band have just announced UK and European dates for June with a London date at The Bussey Building in Peckham on Wednesday 13th July and the penultimate spot at Latitude Festival’s Lake Stage on Saturday 16th July.
8th June Leeds, Brudenell
9th Liverpool, Leaf
10th Newcastle, Jumping Jacks
12th Glasgow, Broadcast
13th Bristol, Louisiana
14th Brighton, Patterns
15th Antwerp, Trix
16th Utrecht, Ekko
17th Hamburg, Haekken
18th Copenhagen, Rust
20th Nurenburg, Club Stereo
21st Vienna, Fluc
23rd Zurich, Papiersaal
24th Lausanne, Bleu Lezard
25th Paris, Point Fmr
29th Reykjavik, Hurra
‘Black Lights’ is a reflection on both the expanded horizons afforded by a year of experiences on the road following the release of 2014’s ‘Silkidrangar’, and of a period of change and not a little emotional turmoil for all three band members.
The way the new album came together reflects the changing personal circumstances of the group over the last year. All are now based in separate cities: Þórður Kári Steinþórsson (aka Doddi - programming) relocating to Berlin to take part in the city’s burgeoning techno scene, Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir (clarinet) to The Hague to study a specialised Sonology course and Jófríður Ákadóttir (voice) footloose, traveling to experience new places and the musical cultures within them.
Analogously, ‘Black Lights’ is less identifiably ‘Icelandic’ than its predecessors, criss-crossing borders musical and literal, the group discovering new found conviction in the process. Where previously Samaris drew upon nineteenth century Icelandic poems for lyrical inspiration, ‘Black Lights’ finds the group writing and singing in English for the first time, their deep, hyper minimalist electronic productions augmented with a definite urban undercurrent.