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Mon, 27 Feb 2006

AMPOP

My Delusions
Youth
CD, Stimulus


Biggi (guitars, vocals)
Kjartan (Keyboards)
Jon Geir (drums)

AMPOP are an Icelandic three-piece band, and released two electronic albums in their homeland to critical acclaim, one of their supporters being the late John Peel. Despite starting out as an electronic band, they began to develop their sound, moving away from purely synthesised sounds and becoming geared towards more ‘organic’ and vocal sounds. My Delusions, the title song of their recent album released to rave reviews in Iceland shows this new direction and was played on Radio 1 several times by Zane Lowe. The band also supported KT Tunstall in Aberdeen last October. In a review by Kubiak at critic-instinct.com their style has been described as “Pop loaded with electronic, lots of emotions, melancholy, melodies, a voice worked over with the echo effect that arises and gives a tone mostly sad on the whole, disorderly synth and some tracks that rapidly rise above the rest.” In Foggy Notions Magazine they have been described as having: “achingly gorgeous tune and warm restrained electronic backing.”

Not being the biggest fan of voluntarily listening to depressing music for entertainment I was a little bit cautious, but there’s something about this music that is different to typical bands that seem to like nothing better than to moan about everything. I think that this may be something to do with the fact that they are not British and as such has a different attitude. The tunes do have an edge of melancholy to them, but somehow they are still (refreshingly) optimistic. I think that the mix of the acoustic and electronic has been balanced very well, and will certainly look out for their future releases.

(M. North)

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