〓 You Again 〓
The arrangements of all the compositions in “Hvel” were prepared jointly by all the members of Árstíðir. In their acoustic compositions they reach for neoclassical and indie-folk music. They also use elements of progressive and art rock. It’s out of respect and recognition for their outstanding artistic creativity that the term ‘acoustic neoclassical progressive art folk’ should appear in the Árstíðir entries in music encyclopedias.
‘You Again‘ features beautiful elements and a fragile melancholic atmosphere set against a hauntingly soft piano melody, that echoes and underlines the lyrics that speak of being unable to letting go. The words are directed at a person, but universally applicable to anyone or anything we have loved once (or love still) and cannot stop thinking about, no matter how hard we try. The multi-layered vocal parts evoke an embracing emotionality, drifting in and out of the harmonies, while the strings come in to full bloom as the track breaks into an all-piano ending.
The great production work makes ‘You Again‘ seem really spacious, a space in which the musicians have managed to create an unusual balance and also capture something private, intimate and mysterious.
Communing with this music is a downright transcendental experience. It’s a perfect harmony which speaks by means of sounds. It thrills with an incredibly emotional load and somehow reaches the subconscious at the same time enabling everyone to discover its beauty.
‘Hvel‘ is an exceptional album, completely beautiful and utterly mesmerizing. Please try it for yourself.