Taking heed from the dreamworld, sprouting musical enjoyment through minimalistic synth-pop with cold wave overtones. The Icelandic solo-project aska, courtesy of Kristófer Páll Viðarsson, gives you a rather bleak picture. Having released his split two months ago with Kælan Mikla, put out his own album in 2013 titled “grátónar” – he’s currently in the process of releasing his second album. I do not know the title yet, but it might be self-titled, featuring a range of tracks he had released in his album from 2013 but also a lot of new ones, but in a new outfit. An album that might get released by himself or by a proper label. His electronica takes the best out of the world of cold-wave but keeps the minimalism intact with his minimal synth. A lot of the most desperate vibes surrounding cold-wave are here morphed into the frosty picturesque landscape that you’d expect Iceland to be in winter, together with repetitive motions of his drum-machine in concoction with rather stark percussion, together with stripped melodies dancing around in an atmosphere of total barrenness. Repartiseraren got the honor to exclusively premiere the track “Draumar Rætast Ekki” taken from his forthcoming self-titled album. You can listen to it down below.
Iceland reigns supreme in this split between Icelandic natives aska and Kælan Mikla. Two different genres, but with something in common. A synth-pop track with the best elements included, a soothing synthesizer meets the retrofantastic atmosphere – in here aska creates his magic – related to the notion of “lágstemmt kuldabylgjupopp” (low-pitched cold-wave pop). This split came to be as a internet-only release. When it comes to the differences they display, Kælan Mikla deliver some kind of weird schizophrenic post-punk, with a sullen minimalistic ballad to begin with. Both alternatives are great, especially when you re-listen to the track “þögn” (Silence) by aska, as the icicles melt and simmer down into what could be an absolute breakdown of the Icelandic soul, dipped into the cold waters bordering around the island. The track which is portrayed by Kælan Mikla has a rhethoric question embedded into it, as it is titled “Ætli það sé óhollt að láta sig dreyma?” (Is it unhealthy to dream?). It’s a certain feeling that comes forth when you listen to the beautiful voice of the singer, but then suddenly it degrades into a complete post-punk frenzy – just like that with all the unhinged things it brings with it – a dark baseline later and you’re caught in her intermezzo. Even though the split only consists of two tracks, it’s a nice off-shoot into unguided territory. It also feels nice to include our Nordic neighbors into the mixture when it comes to this blog-zine. So stream and listen to this release down below.