the Broken Face – by Mats Gustafsson

thank you reykjavik [Bluesanct, 2002]

from the Broken Face

The sounds of Thank You Reykjavik are so full of space and so empty that I dismiss my initial idea of listening to this disc while reading today’s paper as soon as the first bare guitar notes drift out of the speakers. Instead I sit down in our most comfortable chair with Rivulets’ music floating through the imagination centers of my brain without any distraction.

The sad folk minimalism accompanies the soundtrack for walking down the half empty roads of Reykjavik in the middle of the night after yet another unsuccessful and all too wet tour from bar to bar. The exterior calm is betrayed by an inner storm of memories and loss that just waits to explode once our main character gets out of our sight.

Drake and Low come to mind, and so does Red House Painters which should tell you what to expect in terms of mood, but Nathan Amundson clearly has a voice of his own and if I’m not getting out of this chair his sounds are likely to haunt me for the rest of the week.

Mats Gustafsson, the Broken Face

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