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Johann Johannsson Virdulegu Forsetar

Johann‘s second album for Touch comes on the heels of his peerless new classical masterpiece, Englaborn, so certainly the expectations are immense. Those looking to see this effort continue the soaring melancholy of the first release will no doubt be satisfied, but by a thoroughly different approach. The album is broken into four long pieces that, in essence, work off the same horn/organ arrangement; they sublimely and powerfully affect the listener with the delicate attention to pacing, spacing, and weight. These arrangements are markedly different than Englaborn‘s shorter, more straight forward compositions, but the two albums are very similar in their use of modulated and delicate repetition. Without fail another brilliant release for Touch, and Iceland‘s most recent-and deserving-international star.

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