Stafrænn Hákon

Eignast Jeppa [Bonus Tracks]

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Stafraenn Hakon (aka Olafur Josephsson) recorded this at home on a four-track recorder, playing and composing all of the instruments, including guitars, drum programming, keyboards, melodica, bass, and more. It's meditative, mostly instrumental, ambient rock-trance music. And it's one of those psych-trance-related early 21st century recordings in which the barrier between new age and alternative rock gets kind of slim. Depending on your taste, that might be a good or bad thing. But this is only average, even-toned music for inner bliss or chilling out, anchored by pleasant but blandly repetitive melodies and riffs, usually with the guitar as the most prominent instrument. Some slightly rumbling and disquieting electronics, drum loops, and distorted voice are the only things that give it more of an edge than other new age music. Originally self-released in 2001, the 2003 edition on Secret Eye includes two bonus songs, "Silfurgeitungur" and "Hroki"; Hakon/Josephsson also did additional recording in the fall of 2002 for the other tracks.

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