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Mógil Mash-Up Mochito
“Korriró” is Mógil’s 3rd release. Previous releases were “Ró” (Radical Duke Entertainment, 2008) and “Í Stillunni Hljómar” (Mógil Music, 2011). Current line-up of the Icelandic-Belgian band is vocalist Heiða Árnadóttir, Hilmar Jensson on guitar, Joachim Badenhorst on clarinet, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir on viola and Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson on trumpet. The quintet blends different genres like folk, jazz, classical, minimal and post-rock into a Mógil Mash-up Mochito. The lyrics are often inspired by Icelandic folklore and the surrounding Icelandic landscape (seals, killer whales, elves, …).
“Korriró” is an atmospheric, intimate and mysterious album. There is tension between Heiða’s crystal-clear soprano and the contemporary support of the 4 instrumentalists. I want to compare it with ‘Miranda Sex Garden’ meets a freewheeling ‘The Brodsky Quartet’. Opener “Sporin” (Footprints) is my favourite song: a fantastic intro of the song, followed by a friendly clarinet-trumpet battle. The 4th song “Húm” (Dusk) and 7th song “Sólargangur” (The solar cycle) are without lyrics. Title track “Korriró” is a sweet lullaby, dedicated to Heiða’s child.
The whole album “Korriró” has a timeless sound, but it’s perfect wintertime music (like track III “Vetur” (Winter)). Eat a dozen of Belgian waffles and sit cosy in your chair with a stomach full of chocolate and crème fraîche.
– Wim Van Hooste