Inga Björk - Straumur (EP)
So here’s something a little different, but it seems appropriate for a quiet Sunday evening somehow. Inga Björk is a songwriter from Hafnarfjördur in Iceland, which is a port town just south of Reykjavík, where she works as a teacher and music therapist – a fascinating subject area, given we probably all use music to improve our well-being, even if we don’t realise it.
Back in 2018 she released an album entitled Rómur, and now she’s back with a 2 track EP entitled ‘Straumur’. She’s a ‘traditional’ songwriter in that she uses a variety of traditional instruments in her songwriting, folk influenced and entirely sung in Icelandic, which feels entirely natural given her musical style, even if understanding the lyrics are a little tricky.
Straumur is beautiful and somewhat appropriately almost therapeutic in its soothing effect, with Inga’s vocals melancholic and pure. It has a spiritual feel too, whilst the guitar and instrumental accompaniment is finely judged and atmospheric – the guitars in the 2nd track Orðið are particularly lovely to listen to.
Of course this maybe a little ‘niche’ in appeal but definitely worthy of coverage.
Watch the video here.