HJALTALÍN: “Suitcase Man”

hjaltalin-photo-by-leo-stefansson-1-artikel I raced just as fast as I could to the replay button on this one.  The new single from HJALTALÍN, Reykjavik Iceland’s 10 piece, makes a tale dance in “Suitcase Man”; a song about a photographer that steals people’s faces with each shot (s)he takes.  But as the song will portend, this photographer has inner demons…Kettle drums and horn-made mountain ranges will throw you for a loop at first, but stick with it, and you’ll be dancing the Samba to a song of stolen souls.  Do the Cha-Cha with closed-eyes and dance right out the door.  It is a murder drama/it is damn beautiful pop.

“Suitcase Man” is taken from the (hold your breath) concept album called Terminal, which on the whole, sounds more like orchestral Broadway productions than “indie-pop-classic-jazz” styles that are represented in some of the collection’s highlights.  It was a new experience for me, and that’s really what the best music is all about.

Hjaltalín – Terminal sampler by The Wounded Jukebox

[Hjaltalín Website]

[Hjaltalín Myspace]

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[Buy Terminal]

-Matt

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