Kasvot Växt

í rokk

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Released in 1981 as a limited pressing, most fans of Kasvot Växt's í rokk probably never saw a copy of the actual LP. Rather, it became known in certain circles as a coveted cassette -- the kind of record that was dubbed onto third-generation tapes in dorm rooms, passed along with the insistence that "you gotta check this out." Very few of these kinds of albums rise above the level of a cult sensation but calling í rokk any kind of "sensation" may be generous because very few people seem to have heard it. A handful of copies appear to have survived, passed along on tapes in Europe and England, eventually making its way across the Atlantic. Not enough copies of the LP survived to make it a valuable collectable, but enough cassettes were circulated to make it mythical within a very small circle among underground rock aficionados. According to legend the music sounded otherworldly, as if Kasvot Växt were aware of art rock, funk, and synthesizers but weren't quite sure how it all fit together. Since myths and whispers were the only concrete evidence that í rokk exists, it's reasonable to assume that it's better for the music to reside in the imagination, since there's little chance that it could live up to the wild tales told about it. Nevertheless, Kasvot Växt's lone album appears to be an obscuro rock record ripe for rediscovery.

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