TUNE Samaris - 'T3mpo' (edit)
New Single, 2nd September
One Little Indian
‘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 another track, 'T3mpo' from their latest ‘Black Lights’ album as a single on 2nd September. Written and recorded over the past year in Berlin, Reykjavik and Cork, ‘Black Lights’ is the Icelandic trio’s most fully realised and accessible album yet - sung for the first time entirely in English, and featuring previous singles 'Wanted 2 Say' and 'Black Lights' .
The band have 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.
‘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.
“Samaris have traded expansiveness for focus on Black Lights, but without losing their ability to create uniquely atmospheric electronica. An uncompromising and confident step forward.” 8/10 Drowned in Sound
“Retains all of the icy, idiosyncratic beauty of their previous releases, while expanding the band’s appeal to a much wider audience.” 8/10 Clash Magazine
“The sound of a band who aren’t content to rest on their laurels.” Loud & Quiet
“Black Lights is a laser-guided anthology aimed at your soul - Samaris have succeeded in creating something staggering, and their next steps seem truly exciting.” 8/10 Line of Best Fit
“Get lost in Samaris' ethereal bliss.” THUMP
“Expansive in scale, Black Lights has a feeling of endlessness. Conjuring images of vast twilit shadowlands, this all-encompassing electronic labyrinth is full of mirroring and multi-layered replication.” JaJaJa
“Samaris have become one of the most sought after Icelandic acts in recent years.” Nordic Playlist