“Home” starts out by fading in with “Sunrise,” a sublime love song that showcases the songstress’s crystalline vocals. Next up is “Queen Bee,” the albums first single, complete with an adorable music video. Hafdis paints a stunning picture of a magical land: “somewhere in between the trees where the grass is green, lives a man with his queen,” she croons, “somewhere in between the trees in a world that no one sees, he creates his own army of bees…”
Following “Queen Bee” is “Lucky,” one of the album’s stand-out track. The first US single, “Lucky” is an unusually cheery tune for the normally-mellow Huld, telling the story of admiration. “Home” is a tune sprinkled with ukulele accents that float dreamily over Hafdis’s assured vocals. “Wolf” embraces Hafdis’s quirky side, displaying a near tango-ish feel, before fading into “Treasures” and “Empty Eyes,” that see her go dark and brooding. “Little Light” is another adorable ukulele tune with a slow but steady tempo pick-up. “Little Light’s” peppy lyrics are a nice pause from the heartbreak of the last few tracks, with Hafdis chirping, “laughter fills the hall, ticking clock beside me…right behind the door is the place that I should be…”
“Pop Song” is another stand-out track, where Hafdis addresses listeners directly. “People often ask me why I don’t write a song, about the nights without you, being cold and long…” She ends with sass, “I can put it in a pop song if you like, but what I feel about you doesn’t rhyme…I’d spell it out with roses at your feet, but is that really what we need?” “Never Needed You” sees the songstress get angsty again, before “Home” wraps up with one last ukulele track, “I Miss The Rain.” “I Miss The Rain” is the perfect conclusion to a fantastic record, encapsulating all things Hafdis.
Charming or persuasive it matters not in the end, what matters is the intense feelings that it stirs up inside, the imagery of songs such as the single Queen Bee, the delightful danger that resides in Wolf, the thought of being far away from where you are needed in Little Light and the gorgeous I Miss The Rain are episodes in life in which the story teller shows perfectly that life is made up of the narrative, it just needs a guitar to give it life.
Hafdis Huld is another name to carve into the annals of Icelandic super musicianship. The northern outpost of one of Europe’s most unexplored pearls, the glistening and breath taking combination of the elegantly humble and unpretentious coupled with the exceptionally uncommon, a mixture that just sweeps the listener off their feet in wonderful fashion. A triumph of the Nordic tradition of home spun narrative with just a guitar and piano for company.
(Liverpool Sound And Vision)