AMIINA play a show in support of their new album, Puzzle, due for release on the 22nd of September. The Icelandic female four-piece have graced the albums and shows of Sigur Ros, augmenting Reykjavik’s most famous group with modern string quartet backing. They play a live set of graceful, ethereal compositions that are beautiful and engaging, on violin, viola and cello as well as many malleted instruments, a glassophone and various stringed instruments they picked up around the world.
The unfamiliarity of their sound may be puzzling for a moment, but it’s utterly distinctive, gently revealing vibrant colours, a playful imagination, and an unusual warmth and sensitivity. Using both the more traditional instruments like guitars, keyboards and mandolins KURR (the band’s debut album) featuree a saw, Celtic harp, metalophones, singing wine glasses, xylophones, glockenspiels, harmonium, bells, table harps, kalimbas, cuadro, celest, harpsichords, Rhodes piano, synthesisers, trumpets, trombones, bass clarinet, drums, cello, violas and violins.
Leaping from ‘instrument’ to ‘instrument’, from one side of the stage to the other, they smile frequently despite their immersion in songs whose otherworldly magic they themselves can’t quite seem to believe they have unearthed. It’s this music and these exquisite performances, both full of personality and charm – something Sólrún, María, Edda and Hildur also have in abundance – that have already won them a sizeable audience across the world.
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