Hjaltalin - Terminal

A triumphant woodwind-based rock opera
Hjaltalin - Terminal
After 2008’s swoonsome debut album, ‘Sleepdrunk Seasons’, Reykjavík’s classically-trained Hjaltalín have unleashed their inner beast on this follow-up. ‘Terminal’ is a triumphant woodwind-based rock opera; it seethes with joyous disregard for protocol or constraint.

The stand out ‘Suitcase Man’ pummels like a clarinet-fuelled runaway train, while ‘Montabone’ cranks up the mock drama - akin to Arcade Fire soundtracking an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The sparkly disco of ‘7 Years’ inhabits a world in which a mythical Hjaltalín nightclub features a full orchestra in one corner. Uninhibited and magical, ‘Terminal’ is further evidence of Iceland forging its own musical destiny.


Words by John Freeman

Have your say

Sign in or Register to leave comments