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Fjara / Runaway Train

by Legend & Sólstafir

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Multimedianer Proud owner of the complete "Olympic Rings", the 5 vinyl versions of this record. Favorite track: Sólstafir: Runaway Train (Vinyl Master).
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Skiah Sólstafir's cover of Runaway Train is an example of a perfect cover performance. They took the source material and turned it into something truly their own.

I have all the rest of Sólstafir's material in physical format but I had to settle for a youtube upload in rather meh quality for this song for quite a while, glad this was released on bandcamp since I couldn't seem to find a copy.

I really really love this song, but I wish I knew where those deeper vocals come from. Favorite track: Sólstafir: Runaway Train (Vinyl Master).
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If there is one thing the music scene in Iceland is known for, it's interesting collaborations and unexpected, often brilliant results. That may well be an understatement for the new split 7" collaboration between two Icelandic acts that defy categorization: Sólstafir and Legend.

Sólstafir, who AllMusic referred to once as "Robert Smith playing Krautrock in a fjord," does a long, post-metal version of one of Legend's best tracks off Fearless: Runaway Train. The result is a haunting mixture of rock, pop, and post-everything angst that high-lights singer Addi Tryggvason's unmistakably unique vocal talents.

Legend does their own version of the Sólstafir mega-hit Fjara, on which ex-Minus frontman Krummi Bjorgvins sings beautifully. Choosing to do Fjara was perhaps ballsy, but Legend pulls it off with flare, making the rock anthem into a dark-pop number worthy of Depeche Mode or The Mission.

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released February 4, 2014

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