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Review: 'RÖKKVA'
'By Your Tree'   

-  Label: 'Self Released'
-  Genre: 'Pop' -  Release Date: 'November 2016'

Our Rating:
In the past I have been guilty of thinking that any music coming out of Iceland is worth hearing. This five-piece band founded in the town of Selfoss in 2015 prove how irrational this belief is.

The fairy tale scene on the album cover prepares you for a dozen lightweight and embarrassingly sentimental pop songs performed on acoustic guitar, piano, violins, harmonies and what they call "mild drums". Maybe if they weren't sung in English, it would less excruciating.

As it is, the songs advise that if you go down to the woods today you should be on the look out for flying angels and falling moons.

"You're the wind beneath my wings" in the closing song, Forever Remember is how they make a pledge of devotion to a significant other.

The ill-advised attempts at bluesy vocals on Daughter Earth are particularly painful.

Rökkva's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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RÖKKVA - By Your Tree