Tuesday, August 21, 2012


As if Jófríður Ákadóttir didn't have enough on her plate with the successful Pascal Pinon group, she is also the main singer of the moody electronica/clarinet trio Samaris. I rarely post music videos here, but this one is far more sophisticated than the usual, especially considering that the members of the group are all in their teens. It was directed by Þora Hilmarsdóttir who, judging by this effort, is a name to watch. The delicate lyrics are by the poet Steingrímur Þorsteinsson (1831-1913.) Even Google translate can't destroy the dreamy feel of the piece:

Góða tungl (Good moon)

Good moon, through the sky you pass
Sweetly by the clouds' silver bosom
As the Almighty's will bids
On your sure path.
Bring your light to all the tired
Sneak in through each window.
Let, in dusk, the suffering hearts
Be sweetly comforted by your beam

Good moon through the streets baptized
Walks to and expresses
It is set to the glory
God himself, your bright bang
Look for our low morphology
Let your peace faces
And as a friend in guard men
Answer by the Lord's love

Good moon beam in fog
Glitters you Astro Asael
And plankton lower latitudes fist quiet
Solemnly in the night air
Brings us, from the highest
Father gently kiss of grace,
And until the morning, golden splendid,
Good moon to lead us

By Professor Batty


Anonymous I'd Rather Be in Iceland said...

Thanks for the translation, interesting words. I agree that so many of these great Icelandic songs that you hear are so mature that it's a shock to find that all the bands are teenagers. :)

Blogger Professor Batty said...

They still study poetry!

Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for that. I really wish they'd continue on making more music as Samaris, they were ridiculously talented together. Same goes for Pascal Pinon. JFDR will have to fill the void for now.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

I did see Samaris perform once, it was a magical night.

I just saw JFDR perform in Reykjavík at the Iceland Airwaves. She is a tremendous talent, although I do miss the contributions of her sister, Ásthildur. JFDR isstill exploring and growing as a composer, she has a lot of things she’s working on.

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