- Northern Comfort
“Zombient” is Modesart’s first release on Möller Records. It is the 25th release on the record label founded in 2011 by electronic artists Skurken (Jóhann Ómarsson) and Futuregrapher (Árni Grétar). “Zombient” is a 4-track EP that Vilhjálmur Pálsson a.k.a. Modesart has been working on over the last 4 years. Writing, producing, photographing, and mastering: one song a year, but almost half an hour of fantastic music is the result.
Vilhjálmur is part of the Icelandic electronica scene since 2000 (Dr. Heckle & Mr. Jive and Plat), with a history of releasing records on the Dutch label Prospekt Records (2003), and the American label Unschooled Records (2005). Mosedart brings smooth and soft techno, perfect to chill-out after a night out.
Listening to the title track “Zombient, gave me goosebumps for the first time this year. The making of a snowman after the first snowflakes, a slowly melting man is the result. In song 2, “Matrix”, some beautiful flowers wake up from their wintersleep. Laid back in the sun in song III, “Northern Comfort”, while enjoying a midsummer night’s dream in a lounge-chair. A long road trip à la Robert Miles without children in late autumn to “Hellissandur”, a town far west on Jules Verne’s peninsula, with the glacier Snæfellsjökull in the background, makes the circle round.
“Zombient” is the ideal ear candy to plug in your ears or to put on your headphones, especially enjoyable after a listening session to Ben Frost’s “Aurora” (Mute/Bedroom Community, 2014). I am looking forward to taste more sweets from Vilhjálmur’s candy shop in the future. Hopefully we don’t have to wait another 4 years, because modesart is everything but modest art.
– Wim Van Hooste