As I noted recently, a Sunrise Records opened up in the carcass of our old shite little HMV. I went through it to check it out and, ultimately, didn’t buy anything that day.
Well, I had occasion yesterday afternoon to be out for a walk (gotta keep this fighting trim, don’tcha know) and happened past our shite little mall. Why not, I thought, as I wandered into Sunrise to see if round 2 would yield differences from my first visit, as the store gets its feet under it.
They definitely had more LPs than last time, and the rest seemed about the same. They STILL didn’t have any copies of the new Kendrick Lamar album (DAMN.), and that is just DAMN. silly. It’s one of the biggest albums right now, they’re fools for not having mutliple copies. Ah well.
On my first foray to this shoppe, I’d asked about the new Solstafir album, Berdreyminn, which I would have bought on the spot. Not only did they not have it, they didn’t even have a place marker for the band in the racks. A staffer looked it up, said they could get it, but it’d be an order. I left that idea there, as I can order from Amazon myself (and probably cheaper, I thought).
On this trip yesterday, not only did they have a place marker for Solstafir in the racks, but they had the new album on CD AND the boxed set deluxe edition. Of course, this is all because I asked them about it and definitely not because it was always gonna come in and it just wasn’t there yet on my first attempt, nope. It was all me. Anyway, there it was. And boom, I bought the deluxe on the spot. I paid $24.99 CAD. Today on Discogs they start at $26.40, so that’s ballpark, but on our Cdn Amazon today they’re $32.30 which is noticeably higher. Secondary sellers have them starting (new) at $21.18 plus $3.49 shipping (total $24.67), so it’s all in a range right now but I’m happy with what I paid as this copy was right there in my hand, no waiting for it to come to my house!
I haven’t even played it uninterrupted all the way through yet, (and now it’ll probably have to wait ten years for me to get to “S” in my All The Everything Series before I review it) but I can confirm that it sounds frickin’ great. If you like their sound, this one will please you for sure.
And the deluxe box was really nice, just like the last one for Ótta. This one comes with three bonus tracks on the CD, an extended 24-page booklet, a pin, and a patch. But probably my favourite addition to the box was a set of ear plugs with their own little storage pouch. That’s a thoughtful touch, I think, in case you ever go to see the band live you’ll be all set to protect your ears!
It’s limited to 10,000 worldwide, where the Ótta deluxe box was 4000 copies worldwide (did you get yours?), so make sure you get your copy quickly!
Sweet score. I’m totally happy.
Solstafir – Ótta
I have our almighty HMO to thank for pointing me in the direction of this band. Way back in his September 2014 “How Tempting” post, he mentioned this very album, and it led me to look them up on the Tubes Of You.
The first track on the album, Lágnætti, begins with a simple, beautiful piano part and eventually builds into one of the most well-conceived songs I’ve heard in ages. Happily, the rest of the album only adds to the beauty – this is brilliantly written, perfectly recorded, and just so absolutely lifting and wonderful. The whole thing has a real, hypnotic effect, and the riffs are so very, very memorable.
I’m not much one for labels, but I don’t even know how to describe this kind of music – is it Post Rock? Progressive Rock? Psychedelic Rock? Folk Metal? Whatever, but I’d say a little of all of those, and more!
This copy is also gorgeous. Limited to 5000 copies worldwide, it’s a boxed set with the album proper in a digipak. Exclusive to this edition, there’s a bonus 3-song CD in a sleeve, a 20-page booklet, a flag (64cmX96cm), a metal pin, and an embroidered patch.
I would also posit that this masterpiece would be completely brilliant if heard on vinyl. The CD, of course, is perfectly fine, but (and not to come across as obtuse here, as I know this should be true of every record but…) it is a record where sound is paramount, and the black circles may grant access to even more warmth. My spine tingles at the thought…
If I’d bought this album last year, it would have been a very, very strong contender for my Album Of The Year for 2014, and that in a year that was chock full of great records from which to choose!
I love everything about this album. I cannot stop listening to it.