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George Adams
American Record Guide, November 2015

…Shades of Silence…is the most dynamic piece on the record, alternating between bold, simple melodies and the tapping and scratching of extended techniques on the stringed instruments. …This is an outstanding record of carefully crafted compositions in excellent performances. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, October 2015

Hildur Guðnadóttir’s 2 Circles is for solo violin with vocals and when the violin plays double-stops, which happens every so often, we hear three-tone chords: beautiful. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, September 2015

This is by all accounts a refreshing, unusual and hypnotizing album. …these works prove how much really creative and high quality new music is coming out of the Nordic regions these days.

…the all-female quartet Nordic Affect is a brilliant and unusual ensemble. These talented performers show here what a wide range of music they can play. The sonic quality of Sono Luminus releases continues to impress me. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review




Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle, September 2015

The music on this disc by the Icelandic quartet Nordic Affect has a startling way of sneaking up on the listener. The ensemble plays new music on period instruments, and all five of the composers represented are Icelandic women. Yet the commonalities go beyond those surface details to encompass a sort of stealthy expressive strategy that the composers seem to share. © 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Read complete review



William Robin
The New York Times, August 2015

“Clockworking”…forms an absorbing and persuasively performed snapshot of Icelandic composition today. The album brims with compellingly quizzical sounds…which draws on recordings made at lighthouses to create twitchy grooves. © 2015 The New York Times Read complete review



Peter Margasak
Chicago Reader, August 2015

Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s “Shades of Silence” is a rapturous, starkly beautiful concatenation of drones, muted thwacks, and simulated inhalations and exhalations. © 2015 Chicago Reader Read complete review



Jill Kimball
Second Inversion, July 2015

The music is dotted with the very Icelandic sounds of rushing winds, hummed folk music, and above all, the beautifully stark sounds of silence. The album is characterized by pleasant repetition and meditative simplicity, an accurate musical reflection of life in Iceland’s quiet, cold and wild towns. Listening to Clockworking made me feel like I was the only one in the world one minute, but like a tiny drop in a vast ocean the next.

Every single one of this album’s 45 minutes deserves your undivided attention. © 2015 Second Inversion Read complete review



Hannis Brown
WQXR (New York), July 2015

…brilliantly sensitive sound mixed more like up-close ambient music than chamber music, and it’s one of the most evocative releases edging on either category in recent memory.

The five featured composers have particularly distinctive individual voices. But, at least on this recording, the music shares a quality—a hushed obsession with the sound and texture of string notes, a teetering between natural and supernatural worlds, a sense of space as expansive as the glacial fields and black beaches of their native country. © 2015 WQXR (New York) Read complete review





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