Sólheimar Album Review
BistroBoy displays a balance between delicate electronic pop music, fluid Detroit-inspired techno and strands of downtempo grooves for Sólheimar. Relative newcomer to Iceland’s Möller Records, BistroBoy displays a balance between delicate electronic pop music, fluid Detroit-inspired techno and strands of downtempo grooves for Sólheimar (a place known as a world renowned sustainable community in Iceland for its artistic and ecological atmosphere where about 100 people work together).
Best consumed as a product of six individual sonic pieces, BistroBoy delves into a surplus of pleasant tones (ref. the reflective piano keys of the opening track “Lognið eftir storminn”) to more lively percussive workouts (ie. “Flugdrekar”) and juggles a few genres seamlessly. The Detroit Escalator is echoed on “In Dreams,” its light pattering of high-hats flicker with 4/4 loops of bliss as does “Bara ef…”—albeit in a Basic Channel flow of atmospheric techno and introspective melodies. “Afrika” absorbs queues from B. Fleishmann’s Pop Loops For Breakfast (Morr Music, 1999) where warm synths frolic with harmonious popping beatwork and delectable chimes. As a whole Sólheimar exhibits a flare for early-ear IDM (pre-2000), as well as evocative layers of nostalgia and rhythm-centric vistas.
It’s likely that the ingredients presented on this EP will bid well for a more fleshed-out full length which is (hopefully) in the works. All comparisons aside, BistroBoy is a pleasant voyage of musical transformations that are bright, brisk and consuming.