A Collection of Icelandic Album Reviews by Wim Van Hooste
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Ghostigital "Division of Culture & Tourism"
Six years after "In Cod We Trust" (2006) the dynamic duo Einar Örn Benediktsson (ex-Kukl, former Sugarcubes singer) and producer Curver Thoroddsen, is back with a third studio album: "Division of Culture & Tourism" (Ipecac, June 2012). In the meantime they performed "A quiet afternoon/Sirkus Requiem" live at Airwaves 2009, this time along with partner in crime Finnbogi Pétursson. Live the band consists of minimum 2 performers, sometimes growing to a gang of 9 or so artists together on stage.
For this third release, they could count on the help of a large group of musical friends (Damon Albarn of Blur/Gorillaz, King Buzzo of the Melvins) in creating their experimental, avant garde potpourri. A mix of vocals (David Byrne of Talking Heads, for example), spoken word and rap (Dälek, Sensational) on top of the fluffy carpet of industrial noise and beats, is the revolutionary result.
The album starts with a tune for Ghostigital specially written by Stilluppsteypa. Despite working with a bunch of copains I find the tracks without this additional contribution still the strongest: "Dark in here", "Bursting", "Numb" and "Hovering Hoover Skates".