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For The Rest Of My Childhood

Helgi Jonsson

For The Rest Of My Childhood

LabelSevenahalf Records
VertriebBroken Silence
VÖ-Datum7.10.2009

Wenn Helgi Hrafn Jonnson nicht Posaune bei Islands großen Exportband Sigur Rós spielt, kreiert er seine eigene Musik. Dafür wechselt er das Instrument zur Gitarre und singt verträumte Herbstballaden mit einer zerbrechlich, zarten Stimme, wie man es selten gehört hat. Klassischer hätte sein neues Album For The Rest Of My Childhood nicht ausfallen können. So ist schon das Cover Artwork eine direkte Bezugnahme zu der Musik von Sigur Rós. Das Cover gestaltete Alex Somers, bekannt als Lebensgefährte von Jon Thor Birgisson. Die beiden haben erst kürzlich ihr eigenes Debüt veröffentlicht, Riceboy Sleeps. Alex Somers Kunst hat nicht nur die visuellen Codes von Sigur Rós und seinem eigenen Projekt geprägt, seine Kunst ist auch hier und da in Cafés in Reykjavík zu finden.

Helgi Jonnsons Vorgeschichte ist aber länger und umfangreicher, als man dem langen, untersetzten Melancholiker zunächst zugetraut hätte. Nachdem er mit 19 seinen Abschluss am Reykjavík College of Music machte, studierte er Kunst in Graz. Er wirkte bei dem Icelandic Symphony Orchestra mit, arbeitete als Solist der "Voices Of Europe" und trat der Jazz Big Band Graz bei. Letztes Jahr tourte er mit seinem Soloprogramm als Vorband von Teitur, da kannte man sein Gesicht schon von Sigur Rós-Konzerten und der Heima-DVD der Band. Dieser Helgi ist also wahrlich kein unbeschriebenes Blatt mehr.

Das Album For The Rest Of My Childhood ignoriert dennoch all seine Einflüsse aus Jazz und Klassik, Kunst und Akademie und klingt naiv und jungfräulich. Man neigt zur Behauptung, es klinge typisch isländisch, da man typische Parameter wie akustische Instrumentierung, Falsettogesang und die organische Dynamik, die auf das Handgemachte in der Musik zurückgeht, wiedererkennt. Im Gegensatz zu mechanischen Drumcomputersounds und der mathematischen Präzision, mit der viele Produzenten an ihren Songs arbeiten, hört man in der Musik von Helgi Hrafn Jonnson den Raum, die Instrumente und das Atmen des Künstlers. Es ist etwas Echtes, etwas, was man in vielen anderen isländischen Bands zu hören vermag. Dies beschert der isländischen Musikszene einen Stempel, der schon zum eigenen Genre geworden ist. Island steht musikalisch für Qualität, und mit For The Rest Of My Childhood bestätigt Helgi Hrafn Jonnson dieses Vorurteil.

Tracklist:
  1. Ashes Away
  2. September
  3. Digging Up A Tree
  4. Waltz
  5. This Solitude
  6. Love Mind
  7. Dry Run
  8. Soft Targets
  9. AM Radio Signal
  10. Lay It Down
Highlights:

Digging Up A Tree, Ashes Away, This Solitude

Unsere Bewertung:
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