Gummi

by Stafrænn Hakon

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Release Info:
Much-anticipated brand new full length from one of the leading lights of
Iceland's burgeoning alternative music scene, following 2004's
"Ventill/Poki" (RESCD009) and the accompanying debut UK tour. Stafraenn
Hakon is the pseudonym of Olafur Josephsson, and "Gummi" is his fourth album release for UK indie Resonant - the first two effectively being full
releases for his bedroom recordings.

While "Ventill/Poki" represented his first material recorded with a supporting cast - a progression that was very evident in comparison to his previous output - "Gummi" marks a further giant leap forward in every respect.

Having established himself as a predominantly instrumental artist, Josephsson will surprise many with the inclusion of six full vocal tracks among the nine included here - featuring Birgir Hilmarsson (Blindfold/Ampop) on five tracks and Efterklang's Casper Clausen on one, alongside other guest musicians and collaborators.

While recognising the need to constantly evolve in order to maintain and expand upon your audience, the key elements that have always marked out Stafraenn Hakon from the crowded post-rock platform are still very much in place; delicate, intricate instrumentation and atmospherics, building slowly and organically, drawing in the listener.

Sure to be his biggest album to date, "Gummi" is housed in a full colour CD wallet featuring stunning hand-drawn artwork, and will be supported by UK tour dates around the release.

credits

released April 15, 2007

Songs / Participants:

Járn (Ólafur Josephsson)
Ólafur: guitars, bass, piano, banjo, acoustic guitar, bell
Lárus: earth harp, church organ, bells
Daniel: drums, tamborine, glitches, synths
Birgir: pump organ

Svefn (written by Samúel White & Ólafur Josephsson, lyrics by Birgir Hilmarsson)
Ólafur: Guitars, Bass, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Synths, backing voices
Samúel: Guitar
Daniel: Drums, Glitches, Guitar, Bass, Synths, backing voices, Bells
Birgir: vocals, bass
Töddi: Trombone

P-rofi (written by Samúel White & Ólafur Josephsson)
Ólafur: Guitars, Bass, Harp, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar
Samúel: Guitar
Casper: vocals, melodica, piano, drums
Mads: instruments programming, noises, glitches & reconstruction
Daniel: glitches
Doddi: Cello

Rjúpa (written by Ólafur Josephsson, words by Birgir Hilmarsson)
Ólafur: Guitars, Bass, Banjo, mandolin, melodica, acoustic guitar, vibraphone
Birgir: Vocals
Ingibjörg: piano
Greg Haines: Accordian
Daniel: Drums, mandolin
Lárus: Bells

Hausi( written by Samúel White & Ólafur Josephsson, words by Minco Eggersman)
Ólafur: Guitars, Bass, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Bells, backing vocals
Samúel: Guitar
Minco: Vocals
Daniel: Drums, B4 organ, Electric Piano
Doddi: Cello
Töddi: Trombone

Kvef (written by Ólafur Josephsson, words by Birgir Hilmarsson)
Ólafur: Guitars, Piano, Synths, Drum Programming, Glockenspiel, Harp, B4 Organ
Birgir: Vocals
Lárus: Bells
Daniel: Drums

Þurr Þurr (written by Ólafur Josephsson, words by Daniel Lovegrove)
Ólafur: Guitars, Bass, Piano, Pump Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Dulcimer Harp, Synths, Glitches
Lárus: Bells, Acoustic Guitar
Daniel: Vocals, Glitches, Drum Programming

Glussi (written by Ólafur Josephsson & Daniel Lovegrove)
Ólafur: Guitars, Bass, Piano, B4 Organ, Glitches, Electric Piano
Daniel: Drums, Bass, Guitars, Synths

Veggur (written by Ólafur Josephsson)
Ólafur: Guitars, Bass, Piano, Glockenspiel, Synths
Daniel: Drums, Bass, Glitches,

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Stafrænn Hakon

The band´s current line up consists of guitarists Ólafur Josephsson
and Lárus Siguðsson, bass guitarist Árni Þór Árnason, drummer Róbert
Már Runólfsson and singer Magnús Freyr Gíslason. Eternal Horse is the
first Stafrænn Hákon album featuring the whole band collaborating on
the songs in their studio
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Track Name: Hausi
today i am a stand-up guy
tomorrow rings my fall

and in between the saddest night
some frights i won’t recall

that state we call reality
embraces my identity

while you thought the world of me
i just tumbled down

i’m truly yours
but i don’t know anything at all

i’m truly yours
but i don’t know anything at all

i’m truly yours
but i don’t know anything at all

i’m truly yours
but i don’t know anything at all

the moon sets in, the time has gone
the beats fade out, we’re so alone

take my hand and hold it dear
make me forget my mortal fear

undo me from the sighs and tears
such is the feeling which i fear

when yesterday leaves me aside
and no one hears this silent cry

i’m truly yours
but i don’t know anything at all

i’m truly yours
but i don’t know anything at all

i’m truly yours
but i don’t know anything at all

i’m truly yours
but i don’t know anything at all
Track Name: Þurr Þurr
unplanned conditions exchange as
grey streets endure the downpour and
sunlight conceals itself
but no light reveals itself to me

effortless divide
through closed windows
i do not wish to collide
so remain indoors
you forget how the seasons switch between
i regret not realising before

the day gets lighter when the winter's gone
you barely realise before it has changed
the sunlight's seeping through as expected
you only realise when the rain has dried

when clouds come and go
skies come undone
as days come and go
skies come undone
as everyone outgrows
skies come undone
when clouds come and go
skies come undone but dry

dry, dry

the sun barely shines
someone barely sees it
as air passes through lungs
like no-one even needs it

dry, dry