Snorri Helgason - Autumn Skies

1. Autumn Skies Pt2
2. Berlin
3. Summer Is Almost Gone
4. Calling
5. Poor Mum
6. Kveðja
7. The Morning Is The Loving Hour
8. Big Wheels
9. Willie o’Winsbury
10. It’s Over
11. Autumn Skies Pt1

The sky’s the limit

Change is good. Singer-songwriter Snorri Helgason, son of Helgi Pétursson, a member of the folk-country group Ríó Tríó, had a complete make-over for his 3rd record “Autumn skies”. He explores new pathways, like he did with his previous albums, “I’m Gonna Put My Name On Your Door” (with Kristinn Gunnar Blöndal aka KGB)(Kimi Records, 2009) and “Winter Sun” (with helping hands from Sindri Már Sigfússon, Gummi, Sóley & Silla)(Kimi Records, 2011), As you see Snorri is a productive person. With the band Sprengjuhöllin, he made 2 popular records “Tímarnir okkar” (2007) and “Bestu kveðjur” (2008). He even won the 2008 Icelandic Music Award for best song, namely “Verum í sambandi” (Worry Till Spring).

His third solo writ, an indie folk-pop record, was produced by Guðmundur Óskar (of Hjaltalín fame) and Snorri himself, and mixed by múm’s Gunnar Tynes. “Autumn skies” contains eleven songs, of which 2 covers: a Scottish traditional “Willie o’ Winsbury” (also known as Child Ballad #100), and a song by Nick Drake’s mother Molly entitled “Poor Mum”.

Snorri’s got a helping hand from The Snorri Helgason Band: Gummi Óskar on bass, Magnús Trygvason Elíassen (AdHd, Amiina, Sin Fang, Tilbury) on drums, and vocalist Silla (Mr. Silla & Mongoose). The 4 extra hands were from the nimble-fingered guitarist of Moses Hightower Daníel Böðvarsson and Jagúar’s piano player Daði Birgisson.

Snorri brings fragile but frankly songs with folky melodies, wrapped up in an introvert, timid setting. Singer Silla is a prominent protagonist, like in “Poor mum”, “It’s over” and “Willie o’ Winsbury”. In the 2nd song “Berlin” a playful piano and gamesome guitar support Snorri. The track “Calling” is sacred with a choir of angels. “Big Wheels” is driven by a freewheeling guitar and Snorri at the wheel of a Lada Sport Superjeep. Halfway there is the only song in Icelandic, “Kveðja” (Greetings), a melancholic anthem. Autumn is setting in in the apotheosis “Autumn skies #1”, so it’s time to put your overcoat on and to wait for the Northern lights.

– Wim Van Hooste

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