NY-based Icelander, Úlfur, stretches our minds and becomes our SAT vocab tutor with his new single “Fovea” – an ethereal piece that not only becomes your new experimental banger, but word-of-the-day. Utilizing a wide range of synths and melodic distortions, Úlfer constructs a vivid soundscape that is chaotically theatrical and intricate. Despite the bursting instances, the underlining mesh structure of “Fovea” is comprised of small synth details that anchor a consistent soothing buzz that hooks you into a mind-wandering state. Stream below:
“Fovea” is from Úlfer’s new album Arborescence, which will be out on October of this year. “The title is derived from that type of movement” shared Úlfer. “Arborescence – the phenomenon of branching out, following the path of least resistance, growing from a seed, or a bolt of lightning as it rips through the sky, connecting different outcomes, possibilities to a single point of origin.”
Produced by Randall Dunn (SUNN O))), Earth, Marissa Nadler, etc.), the record features contribution from Skúli Sverrison (Blonde Redhead, David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Laurie Anderson, etc.) and Zeena Parkins (Björk, Jim O’Rourcke, etc.). Úlfer has already worked with major Iclelandic artists including Jónsi (Sigur Rós) and Ólöf Arnalds. Having received the prestigious Young Composer of the Year award from the International Rostrum of Composers in 2013, Úlfer is a seasoned composer who has worked for The Icleandic Symphonic Orchestra and Kronos Quartet. The LP marks a new stepping-stone and direction for his artistry, who has already set our expectations high with “Fovea”. Expect to hear more from him as we approach October.