Published May 07, 2008When Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir left múm in 2006, I was pretty sure it spelled the end for the once-brilliant Icelandic folktronica outfit, and I guess I was right. But things were on the up for the twin sister of Gyða, who went on to change her name to Kria Brekkan and marry Animal Collective's Avey Tare. Last year the couple collaborated on Pullhair Rubeye, which was rather nonsensical and disappointing, but it gave some insight into their partnership and the directions this Icelander was heading post-múm.
Appearing on the recently released album by Rings, who were previously known as First Nation, Brekkan is now attempting to go out on her own. Released through teeny Japanese label Afterhours, Brekkan's debut solo effort is, well, I won't sugarcoat it, it's fucking creepy. Like an unearthed recording from the turn of the 20th century, waterlogged and scratched to shit, "Wildering" sounds paranormal, alien, and like a down-right mistake. It's safe to say that maybe this just a poor web rip from the seven-inch, but I hope not. Brekkan's drowned musicbox facade may bewilder, but it's definitely something set to get people talking - most likely about how she went from the lovely "Green Grass of Tunnel" to this hauntingly upsetting dirge. In the right frame of mind this is a refreshing and stirring listen, but in the wrong, well, I'm sure you can come up with a nasty comment of your own.
Buy it here.
Kria Brekkan "Wildering"