Katla – Móðurástin
Have you ever been in a mood that nothing can make you feel better and the only thing that could probably heal your personal demons is your favorite music? Well, I’m sure that you‘ve been in such a situation someday in your life. And of course, the hard part of this is that you don’t know which band, which album, which songs will talk right to your heart, so you can’t decide what you want to listen to.
This is not a problem anymore. Katla have released their debut album a few months ago and I’m telling you, it’s amazing. Why? It’s very simple. It’s a honest album, you can hear it from the first –instrumental- song. Guðmundur Oli Pálmason, Solstafir’s former drummer, and Einar Eldur Thorberg Guðmundsson, did a great job out there, writing some of the most honest and heavy songs of the year! Like the extremely catchy “Natthagi” or the “Dusmal”, a 12.36 minutes epic and depressing song talking about insomnia and strange things, but in the end has a positive window for you.
As the band told me in an interview, “It’s the promise that the first rays of the new day bring through your window. Even if you had a rough night” and this is something that you can absolutely listen to this song, even if you don’t know the language, like me. I have no idea what they say but I feel their music, I understand the pain and the positive side of all the difficulties. I can hear and feel the depression and I can see the new day that’s coming out. And that’s why this album is very important and great. Because, you don’t have to understand their language, you just have to close your eyes and see the light by listening. Listening to the music that’s talking to you.
I’m sure that this amazing voice and the outstanding changes from a heavy part to a calm part like the one in “Hvila”, will travel you in great landscapes in Iceland and will help you find some piece. Just listen to the voice in “Hreggur” along with the clean guitar making some atmosphere.
Katla managed to achieve something very unique in “Modurastin”, as I said before. The music talks right to your heart in a way that you don’t need anything else. Very few bands can accomplish this achievement, especially nowadays. Katla seem to be an exception and I hope that their music will be heard as much as it deserves to be heard. Definitely one of the best albums of 2017.