May 26 2017
This Icelandic quartet’s captivating melodic approach belies the commonly-used meaning of their band name. Their music is thick with a moody atmosphere, and any good cheer from a song’s tunefulness will be paired with the counterweight of an abiding melancholy. The quartet’s sixth release ADHD6 holds true to form, with the sole caveat that one should be prepared for some unexpected jolts of volatility. “Spessi” erupts in celebration, and the thumping tempo of “Med Ívari” contrasts nicely with its subdued melodic expressionism. And then there’s the alluring “Alli Krilli” and its approximation of an ambient dance tune.
But the immense tranquility of folk song “Fyrir Rúna” is what to expect from the ADHD catalog, and no matter how many instances are encountered, it’s unlikely to soften the addiction for more. “Magnús Trygvason Eliassen” is the patient layering of melody as a subtle amplification of intensity, and “Levon” employs the same method, but chooses to take a route where subtlety is key. Because, ultimately, the melody is where this quartet makes its home.
A really nice addition to the family of albums released by ADHD. I highly recommend checking out more of their recordings.
Your album personnel: Óskar Guðjónsson (sax), Ómar Guðjónsson (guitar, bass), Davíð Þór Jónsson (hammond, piano) and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (drums).
This album is Self-Produced.
Listen to another album track at the artist’s Soundcloud page.
Music from Reykjavík, Iceland.
Available at: Amazon