Puzzle - Amiinamusik AMIINA5

Amiina was formerly an all-woman Icelandic string quartet working with minimalist popsters Sigur Ros. Now, with the addition of a couple of blokes, they’ve become a sextet and this is their second rather exquisite album. Nothing here will slap you in the face and demand that you listen to it. Instead, Amiina offer the most delicate and fragile of little melodies, hypnotically repeated, ebbing and flowing, occasionally augmented with gentle vocals. Despite several track titles seemingly drawn from the Ikea catalogue, Puzzle is a compellingly gorgeous piece of work. To call this contemporary chamber music might be pretentious but it’s not far off the mark.

Sound Quality: 91%