Review: Floating Harmonies by Júníus Meyvant

Floating Harmonies by Júníus MeyvantThe sound coming out of Júníus Meyvant’s album, Floating Harmonies, is one you wouldn’t expect: straight out soul. Not music flavored by soul (which is a good thing by itself, mind you) but straight out soul, all jubilant and full of horns. This? From Iceland? Yes. The only hint you’ll get – I’m talking stereotypes here, a bit – is the quiet, pastoral vibe you get in between the horns. Perhaps the whiplash of all this – notably that opening first track, a sweet instrumental that lays the groundwork for what’s to come – is what made me really enjoy the album… at least until the final third comes along and Júníus shifts to a softer, acoustic sound. Again stereotypes – that’s him shifting definitely towards pastoral. Pace-wise it was a flub, killing the momentum with no pay-off. Not that I have anything against a slowdown, but it’s a shame nonetheless. Something good was going on. But that good part, that’s really good. [NB]4/5

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