Sunday, August 14, 2011

Johann Johannsson - "The Miners' Hymns" album

This Icelandic composer creates lush and beautiful modern classical soundtracks, and this latest work is subtle and ambient, in a similar minimalist vein as Philip Glass or Arvo Part. There's a lot of nuance here, with strings and brass assembling themselves tastefully alongside moody electronics, and plenty of space between the notes. If this is a requiem for the mining industry, it's quite a lovely one. (130701/FatCat Records)

Johann Johannsson site

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