Transcendental: Úlfur – “Fovea”




There is something going unbelievably beautiful going on in this world of music lately, and Úlfur is one of the prime movers.  A unique talent, Úlfur (Luxembourg-born, Iceland-raised, NYC-residing Úlfur Hansson) is known as much for his genre-defying experiments with homemade instruments and electronics as he is for his work with prominent Icelandic trailblazers Jónsi (of Sigur Rós) and Ólöf Arnalds, and Sweden’s Anna Von Hauswolff.  His music is swirling, structurally unstructured (if that is a form), dreamily beautiful.  I believe this is the music the elves in Middle Earth listened to.

“The title is derived from that type of movement,” Úlfur writes. “Arborescence – the phenomenon of branching out, following the path of least resistance, growing from a seed, or a bolt of lightning as it rips through the sky, connecting different outcomes, possibilities to a single point of origin.”

This is music for contemplation, transcendentalism, and the perfect autumn/winter album.  Úlfur is pure genius.  Enjoy, enlighten, take a break from the hustle and bustle.  This is my type of music, and Úlfur is the master of it.


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