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SAMARIS ANNOUNCE SPECIAL ONE-OFF SHOW AT LONDON’S JAZZ CAFE

Acclaimed electronica trio Samaris have announced a special one-off show at London’s Jazz Café on 19th January 2017, and an official single release on 3rd Feb 2017 for the mesmerising ‘Wanted 2 Say’ – the opening track on this year’s incredible album, ‘Black Lights’.

Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka ‘Doddi’), clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s enchanting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals – the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems. “You could say the words have been delicately sewn together and in a way they already have their song, their own melody when you read them” suggests Áslaug. The overall effect is simultaneously ancient and modern – an ethereal sound filled with dark spaces and alien atmosphere.

‘Black Lights’ is a reflection on both the expanded horizons afforded by a year of experiences on the road following the release of 2014’s breakthrough, ‘Silkidrangar’, and of a period of change and not a little emotional turmoil for all three band members.

The way the new album came together reflects the changing personal circumstances of the group over the last year. All are now based in separate cities: Þórður Kári Steinþórsson (aka Doddi – programming) relocating to Berlin to take part in the city’s burgeoning techno scene, Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir (clarinet) to The Hague to study a specialised Sonology course and Jófríður Ákadóttir (voice) footloose, traveling to experience new places and the musical cultures within them.

‘Wanted 2 Say’ advances the feel of much of the new material; its minimalist electronic production underpinned with a definite urban undercurrent. The tune’s gestation is also typical of the album’s construction – written & recorded in Berlin, Ireland and Reykjavik over a year – it was written apart, all three members now based in separate cities: Þórður Kári Steinþórsson (aka Doddi – programming) relocating to Berlin to take part in the city’s burgeoning techno scene, Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir (clarinet) to The Hague to study a specialised Sonology course and Jófríður Ákadóttir (voice) footloose, traveling to experience new places and the musical cultures within them.

LISTEN TO WANTED 2 SAY HERE:

 https://soundcloud.com/samaris/wanted-2-say 

TICKETS HERE

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