Rising into public awareness through the overdriven might of his guitar playing with Icelandic punk-hardcore kings Muck, as a solo artist Indridi has found his songwriting developing into sparse, tactile and magical territory. This newfound aesthetic of softly woven acoustic guitar, voice, and subtle arrangements began its path on his 2016 debut Makril, and now, through ding ding, is elevated to a deeply touching new level of melancholic and delicate expression. This new album bears a similar weight of poignancy and depth as Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s at his most raw, combined with a lyrical wit and delivery much like Sun Kil Moon and a beautiful, uniquely off-balance unpredictability (sometimes we are given throat singing, sometimes Icelandic drug slang, sometimes theremin-led soundscapes).
Recorded live in various spaces in Reykjavik and Berlin with a handful of collaborators - including musicians / recordists Tumi Árnason and Albert Finnbogason, and Icelandic super-drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen - ding ding marks an artist with the extraordinary ability to transport himself directly into the room with the listener. Indridi sings his soft confessionals so closely that the sheer joy of music making traverses ding ding’s planes of heartache and quietitude. From opener ‘Amma’, its hushed vocals, its sparkling steelpan-mimicking guitar lines, to the Dinosaur Jr-turned-poetic drive of ‘December’, Indridi finds a way in, deep into the soul.
Much of this closeness extends from the heart-opening purity of Indridi’s desire for expression. ding ding covers “family matters, death, depression, love and substance abuse for the most part,” he writes. Many of his lyrics hit these themes head-on, intensely personal and intimate. Both uncompromising in their honesty and unflinching in their delivery.
Indridi has been described in print as “iconic, idiosyncratic.” ding ding is the album to cement this reputation.
released May 18, 2018
Music and lyrics by Indriði Ingólfsson
Produced, engineered and mixed by Albert Finnbogason
Additional recording in Berlin done by Indriði Ingólfsson and Kari K. Jahnsen.
Recorded at Smiðjuvegur, Grettisgata , Hekla’s room and Street Pulse.
Mixed at Grettisgata.
Songs performed by:
Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson
Indriði - sings, electric guitar, classical guitar, electric bass guitar
Magnús – drums and shakers
Albert - guitar, piano
Tumi - synths
Indriði - sings, electric guitar, classical guitar, wurlitzer, synth
Albert - drums, piano, electric guitar
Tumi - synths
Ingibjörg – electric bassguitar
An utterly captivating invitation into a soul that is tempered by nature at it's most elemental and is gilded in a sublime elliptic light. At times fragile and feather-light but all the while playing host to a gathering of restless spirits that bodes delight and mischief in equal measure, swooping kite-like in a unique wind storm of Icelandic sound and voice. Thomas Haugh