The band has just released their third studio album entitled “Hvel” and to see it classified, as I have, as indie folk music just doesn’t do it justice. The musical makeup of the band is acoustically based with guitars, violins, and piano. This album is a bit of a departure for the band as they are leaning more toward synthesizers, electronic instruments and live drums for this outing. All four members of the band also sing and one cannot discount the soaring harmonies and vocal interplay as instruments all their own. Árstíðir’s music combines elements of classical, folk, and progressive rock into a winning formula. I don’t know this for a fact but if I had to guess, I would say that the band is heavily influenced by the Norse legend and mythology so prevalent in the part of the world they call home. I say I don’t know this as fact but I can hear those themes in the music either overtly or surreptitiously.
If I had to draw comparisons musically, I would have to say that Árstíðir picks up on the tradition of groups like Fairport Convention, Renaissance, Lindisfarne, and to a lesser extent bands like Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd with a slightly more modern and sophisticated palette. Each and every song on the album is an aural sensation and will have a wide appeal to music fans of any genre.