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Sunday, January 21, 2007


Dýrðin Reviews!

Enjoy these warm and fuzzy Dyrdin reviews that will make your January shine!

Grapevine - Iceland
January is a fucking grim month. After that, we get the even grimmer February. And after that, it does not really get any better for a long time. I am dreading it already. Dýrðin arrive to the rescue with the most sugarcoated summer feeling indie rock I have heard since I do not know when. It is almost like stepping into a time machine, back to the glory years of indie pop. Before the Strokes destroyed it all.

Bubbly-indie-pop that makes you want to drink cheap white wine and dance. This is what is needed in January.

Rave Magazine – Australia
Huh?: Pronounced ‘deerthin,’ Dyrdin are a five-piece, girl-fronted Icelandic band with pure POP replacing blood in the veins beneath their freckled cheeks.
What’s It Like?: Hyper-scandi-pop goodness in top gear, alternating between songs in English and Icelandic. Silly, catchy, well-crafted and twee as f**k. Like a bucket of sugar melted and spun into a CD.

Highlights?: Mr. Spock – an ode to the sexy love-starved Vulvan science officer. Brottnumin – one and a half minutes of what sounds like Japanese karaoke with added glockenspiel.

Sounds Like: The Concretes / The Cardigans / The Ramones

Pennyblackmusic - UK
. . .they choose to write most of their often very childish lyrics in their native tongue, Icelandic, which sounds almost like Japanese on some of the songs here. But as most people in the world aren't very fluent in that language, they have included a song-by-song description in English, so that you can get a clue about what they are singing about. Thank you!

If you are a fan of bands like the Icicles, All Girl Summer Fun Band and the Maybellines, I'm sure you will be delighted to know this band!

Tasty Fanzine - UK
One of the good points of reviewing CDs from bands you don't know is that you don't know what they look like. Dyrdin are a girlie lead Icelandic indie pop band and I think that, as a huge indie-pop fan, if I knew what they looked like I would have written this review before listening to the CD. The most of the songs on this CD are sung in Icelandic which is brilliant and respect to Skipping Stones for being brave enough to do this. Most of it is sung in Icelandic, all of it sounds like everything I ever hear from Swedish indie-pop.

. . .it is very sweet and I expect I will be prancing round my bedroom to it before I go out on Saturday night.

Amplifier - US
What makes great indie pop? Sensitive lyrics? Adorability? When you sing in Icelandic about dreamy ski instructors and mesh an infectious blend of girl-pop and C-86, there is no rubric for pop; there is just Dyrdin. Short and sweet, Dyrdin’s debut clocks in just over 27 minutes. “Prins I alogum” and “Mr Spock” dish out the album’s surprising brand of pop-punk, which succeeds in connecting Blondie to the Primitives.

On “Bubble Girl,” the line “I’m a bubble girl in a bubble world” reminds all of Madonna’s “I’m a material girl in a material world,” further exemplifying the group’s more pop-oriented roots and glistening girl band aesthetic. Like Sweden’s [ingenting], Dyrdin’s infectious pop is not hampered by language barriers. American audiences will delight in this off-kilter debut as they sing about Star Trek’s famed Vulcan philopher and love affairs with zipper eating extra-terrestrials.

indiepages - US
Myself and many others in the indiepop world have been eagerly awaiting this release ever since being teased by a few mp3s and a show-stealing set from this Icelandic group at the Popfest New England last year. Now the band have finally released their debut album (which includes all of the songs we'd already loved, as well as several more), and it's sure to win everyone's hearts!

The band plays pure indiepop, but with punky roots, similar to Talulah Gosh, Helen Love, All Girl Summer Fun Band and their labelmates, the Besties. Although the lyrics are mostly in Icelandic, the disc's liner notes describing each song proves that they're as fun and whimsical as the music itself suggests, including wild stories about a land where 18 billion bees eat honeydrops, being in love with a space alien and a grandpa who goes into orbit off his trampoline. Only a couple of the songs pass the three minute mark, and each of them is a sheer delight, making this a sure candidate for many top ten lists this year!

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