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Samaris Performs “Sólhvörf II”

See the trio’s first live radio performance in the U.S. on KEXP.

November 10, 2016

KEXP presents Samaris performing “Sólhvörf II” live in the KEXP studio. Recorded April 7, 2015.

Whether it’s their surroundings, the air, the water, the isolation or a communal appreciation of the arts, something has given Icelanders a lock on creating otherworldly sonic landscapes. Sigur Rós and Björk are of course the most famous of them, but if you’ve been listening to KEXP’s broadcasts from Iceland Airwaves over the past six years, you’ve no doubt encountered many other aural adventurers. Among them, Samaris stands out with their rich blend of organic and electronic textures, breathy vocals and glitchy beats. The young trio has been astounding listeners since their first performance on KEXP back in 2011, and last year’s full-length debut, Silkidrangar, or the “silk cliffs”, which I described as setting “an atmosphere that’s not fully dark but is certainly at least twilight on an ancient world.” Recently, Samaris stepped onto our own terrain as they entered the KEXP live room for their first radio performance in the U.S.

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