ABOUT THE RELEASE
“Indriði creates a fragile and intimate atmosphere.”
The Line of Best Fit
“Indridi’s voice feels weighted down with emotion, with experience…Really rather special.”
“What starts with simplicity is artfully taken to a superior level…gorgeously delicate.”
Berlin-based Icelander Indridi released his heartening, intimate new album ding ding through Shahzad Ismaily’s figureight records on May 18th 2018.
Rising into public awareness through the overdriven might of his guitar playing with Icelandic punk-hardcore kings Muck, as a solo artist Indridi has found his songwriting developing into sparse, tactile and magical territory. This newfound aesthetic of softly woven acoustic guitar, voice, and subtle arrangements began its path on his 2016 debut Makril, and now, through ding ding, is elevated to a deeply touching new level of melancholic and delicate expression. This new album bears a similar weight of poignancy and depth as Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s at his most raw, combined with a lyrical witand delivery much like Sun Kil Moon and a beautiful, uniquely off-balance unpredictability (sometimes we are given throat singing, sometimes Icelandic drug slang, sometimes theremin-led soundscapes).
Recorded live in various spaces in Reykjavik and Berlin with a handful of collaborators – including musicians / recordists Tumi Árnason and Albert Finnbogason, and Icelandic super-drummer Magnus Trygvason Eliassen – ding ding marks an artist with the extraordinary ability to transport himself directly into the room with the listener. Indridi sings his soft confessionals soclosely that the sheer joy of music making traverses ding ding’s planes of heartache and quietitude. From opener ‘Amma’, its hushed vocals, itssparkling steelpan-mimicking guitar lines, to the Dinosaur Jr-turned-poeticdrive of ‘December’, Indridi finds a way in, deep into the soul.
Much of this closeness extends from the heart-opening purity of Indridi’sdesire for expression. ding ding covers “family matters, death, depression, love and substance abuse for the most part,” he writes. Many of his lyrics hit these themes head-on, intensely personal and intimate. Both uncompromising in their honesty and unflinching in their delivery.
Indridi has been described in print as “iconic, idiosyncratic.” ding ding is the album to cement this reputation.
Iceland’s Indridi (or, in full, Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson) trades in poignancy and depth, offering songs of raw and confessional lyrical wit combined with a uniquely off-balance unpredictability.
Indridi first rose into public awareness through his guitar playing with Icelandic punk-hardcore kings Muck. He has also has collaborated with heavyweights Jófríður Ákadóttir (JFDR, Samaris, Pascal Pinon), Úlfur Hansson and Ragnar Kjartansson, and is a gifted and highly qualified visual artist. Under his guise as solo musician, his songwriting occupies sparse, tactile and magical territory, beginning this new path with his 2016 solo debut Makril, and traversing it further with 2018’s ding ding.
Alongside this weighty CV of worldwide solo and group tours, collaborations and record releases, Indridi has also performed at the Venice Biennale and undertaken an artist residency at the Clocktower Gallery in NYC.