Monday, May 09, 2016

Listen :: Samaris - Black Lights

Words: Sam Geary

With lead single ‘Wanted 2 Say' out recently, Icelandic trio Samaris are set to follow that up with the release of the title track from their forthcoming ‘Black Lights’ album as a single on June 10.

Written and recorded over the past year in Berlin, Reykjavik and Ireland, ‘Black Lights’ is sung for the first time entirely in English, led by the haunting vocals of Jófríður Ákadóttir and minimalist electronic production

Says band programmer Doddi of the new single:

“This one was written by me and Slugs (Áslaug) in Hljóðriti, the chords are a sample of the clarinet and the arpeggiator is a sample of Jófríður’s voice. I remember we were really quick coming up with it. The demo was called ‘Nofríður’ because she wasn’t there and one of the sounds in it is me singing in a vocoder. Me and Jófríður went to Ireland and recorded a demo of the vocals the final vocal take recorded in London. The original was 15 minutes long, we could listen to the loop for hours so the arrangement was quite tricky, we had to leave a bunch of sounds and melodies out…”

The band have also announced UK and European dates for June, with an added London date at The Bussey Building in July.

08 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
09 Liverpool, Leaf
10 Newcastle, Jumping Jacks
12 Glasgow, Broadcast
13 Bristol, Louisiana
14 Brighton, Patterns
15 Antwerp, Trix
16 Utrecht, Ekko
17 Hamburg, Haekken
18 Copenhagen, Rust
20 Nuremburg, Club Stereo
21 Vienna, Fluc
23 Zurich, Papiersaal
24 Lausanne, Bleu Lezard
25 Paris, Point Ephemere
29 Reykjavik, Hurra

13 London, The Bussey Building

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