Kría Brekkan – Apotropaíosong Armor
I ran across Kría Brekkan’s 2008 EP Apotropaíosong Armor as a free download at: http://www.last.fm/music/Kr%C3%ADa%20Brekkan?ac= Kría Brekkan
King Might Asylum
Giddy Walks Through the Sand Without
‘Skywinnowing’ sets a dreamy, albeit spooky, tone for the EP. With sounds of two wooden blocks clapping together, and echoing, child-like cries from Brekkan; this first song pushes us down into a wild, wonderful , and eerie dream. Once arrived, ‘Girafeel’ adds some zither plucking with continued echoing vocals that are bit less innocent and more distorted. ‘Kind Mighty Asylum’ is more of the same, but with more of a bongo rhythmn to lay a course of travel through this underworld, or, to pin one down within this worl. ‘Giddy Walks through Sand’ begins with a clash of gongs that metamorphize into echoing vocals saying, “No” and “Help.” ‘Fondling’ is an erie clashing of watery symbolic cries. The sixth track ‘Biboni’ is a tender recording of several gentle piano lines being played on top of one other. ‘Solush’ is a child-like vocal about ‘truth’ sung over top of a very pretty and gentle piano track. The final track ‘Armor’ is Brekken wearing a full suit of armor. Vocals, banjo, and electronic sounds and are so distorted that one has a sense that she did not make it through this dreamscape without wounds.
Apotropaíosong Armor is a misunderstood and perhaps a cult masterpiece that is far ahead of its time, and will only make sense upon reflection.
Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (aka Kría Brekkan) is an Icelandic vocalist and classically-trained multi-instrumentalist. She is best-known as a former frontperson of múm, and later on for collaborating with her husband David Portner as Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan.
Wildering 7″ (November 14, 2007, After Hours)
Apotropaíosong Armor CD (November 2008, self-released)
Uterus Water 7″ (January 10, 2010, Paw Tracks)
with Avey Tare
Pullhair Rubeye (April 24, 2007, Paw Tracks)
Black Habit (January 2008)
with Stórsveit Nix Noltes
Orkideur Hawai (March 21, 2006, Bubblecore)
Royal Family – Divorce (May 5, 2009, FatCat Records/Rough Trade)