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Ekvílibríum
     

Ekvílibríum

by Valgeir Sigurðsson
 

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Icelandic producer Valgeir Sigurðsson is best known for his work for other artists (Björk and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, mostly), so it actually comes as no surprise that his solo debut...comes as a surprise. It is a "producer's record," in that Sigurðsson called in favors across the board (although, no, Björk is not part of the adventure), lining

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Icelandic producer Valgeir Sigurðsson is best known for his work for other artists (Björk and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, mostly), so it actually comes as no surprise that his solo debut...comes as a surprise. It is a "producer's record," in that Sigurðsson called in favors across the board (although, no, Björk is not part of the adventure), lining up a revolving cast of musicians and three singers: Billy, Faun Fables' Dawn McCarthy, and Machine Translations' J. Walker. However, despite all the diversity among constituent parts, the whole remains surprisingly -- that word again -- consistent. In fact, listening to Ekvilibrium helps you pinpoint and sum up what Sigurðsson brings to other people's records. This debut features quiet electro-acoustic folk pieces made of delicate electronic textures, lushly scored acoustic instruments (lots of strings, subdued piano courtesy of Nico Muhly, occasional brass instruments), and a dreamy feel. In other words: simple compositions developing through complex arrangements. Ekvilibrium contains ten tracks, including four songs and six instrumentals. The album begins with one of KTU's Samuli Kosminen's rough-edged beats ("A Symmetry"), followed by the first song, "Evolution of Waters," the first of two tracks penned by Sigurðsson and Will Oldham. The first half of the album follows a general curve toward the orchestral peak of "Winter Sleep," featuring a ten-piece ensemble and a gripping vocal delivery from Dawn McCarthy. After that, things boil down toward "Kin," Billy's second song. If the songs are more immediately grasped, the instrumentals also provide their fair share of highlights. Highly recommended to fans of post-rock and modern folk.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
Label:
Bedroom Community
UPC:
5060096472681
catalogNumber:
3

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Valgeir Sigurðsson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Keyboards,Sampling,Korg,fender rhodes,electronics,Wurlitzer,Moog Bass
Warren Ellis   Mandolin
Guy Sigsworth   Celeste
Sveinbjarnardóttir   Violin
J. Michael Walker   Electric Guitar,Viola,Vocals
Bonnie "Prince" Billy   Vocals
Samuli Kosminen   Percussion,Drums,Bass Drums
Dawn McCarthy   Vocals
Royce Doherty   Background Vocals
Nico Muhly   Synthesizer,Piano,Celeste
Hrafnkell Orri Egilsson   Cello
Ólafur Björn Ólafsson   Drums
J. Walker   Electric Guitar,Viola,Vocals
Ólöf Arnalds   Background Vocals
Snorri Heimisson   Bassoon
Helgi Hrafn Jónsson   Trombone
Jónína Auður Hilmarsdóttir   Viola

Technical Credits

Will Oldham   Composer
Dan Rathbun   Engineer
Dawn McCarthy   Composer
Nico Muhly   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Piano Arrangement
Valgeir Sigurðsson   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,String Ensemble

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