After winning Best Newcomer and Best Song at the Icelandic Music Awards in Scandinavia as well as being nominated this year for Best Male Singer and Best Song– singer-songwriter Júníus Meyvant is here with his new LP ready to conquer the rest of the World. The Westman Islands musician caused so much buzz when his debut single Color Decay was chosen by KEXP’s Programming Director Kevin Cole as Song Of The Year, and to top it all off-it reached number 1! Júníus received countless praise within just a week of his single Neon Experience being released, which included plays on BBC Radio 1,Radio X, Amazing Radio and charting Number 2 on Hype Machine. Listen Here.
Be a Man Is the first track. Being an entirely instrumental piece; it highlights Júníus’ versatility as an artist and gives the listener an insight into what the rest of the album may hold.
Neon Experience is one of the lead tracks on the record. By incorporating various fragments of soul, folk, pop and indie together,the result presents his creative abilities of the highest order. There’s depth, there’s feeling and intricacy, which the listener can wrap their ears in. The Aloe Blacc-style vocal performance, despite being 6 minutes long, can be heard repeatedly whilst retaining its magic. Oh, and there’s a mid-tempo sonic surprise in the middle…
Stand out tracks include the beautifully ethereal acoustic piece Pearl In Sandbox in which comparisons have been made to Ben Howard’s similarly delicate vocals. This stripped back piece is an intimate sonic experience.
Another piece includes the seven minute long piece Manos which gives the listener enough time to sit back and enjoy the unique combination of Indie, folk and soul. Júníus’ vocals completely excel throughout the emotive track, resembling Passenger.
Another standout piece, which happens to be the upcoming new single is Mighty Backbone, with outstanding song writing and catchy hooks, it feels impossible to not groove along. The noticeable falsetto tones in his vocal range could be likened to Bon Iver with the Graffiti6-esque hooks. Mighty Backbone is on the more soul side of the album, which interestingly explains how Júníus’ sound cannot simply be contained to just one genre.
Floating Harmonies will be available July 8th 2016.