Electronic, Doom, Drone
Iceland native and resident Hekla’s sparse, delicate, fractal music exists within two worlds: dark and magical as Iceland’s permanight folklore; and (though beatless) as deeply sonic and intense as nostalgic electronics. A long-term globally recognised scholar of solo theremin, Hekla (shortened from her own name Hekla Magnúsdóttir) uses her instrument as an otherworldly and highly evocative Siren-call. A spectral, wailing, howling, lamenting yearning second-voice that underpins a soft vocal delivery, as if her studio had been haunted with a chorus of ghostly backing singers.
'Throughout, the record demonstrates what can be achieved through adventurously exploring the range of vocal and instrumental possibilities, all the time avoiding the risk of directionless meandering. Because what matters is that, notwithstanding the restricted forces, these pieces are not mere sketches but thoroughly worked-through compositions; it’s hard to imagine their being improved by any fuller orchestration. This is a bold, in places a daring, album and one that is consistently engaging. A debut release that is strikingly convincing in so many respects.' - Ray Honeybourne, The Line Of Best Fit