Around May of last year I went with a friend of mine to see Sigur Ros perform. We arrived a couple minutes late to the venue, and walked into music already playing. The music I heard as I was sitting in my seat was amongst the most magical things I had ever heard. The type of sounds that I before could only associate with Sigur Ros. This was Amina opening.
This EP contains four instrumental songs that last for approximately 18 minutes. In this short time Amina manages to demonstrate their potential very well. The songs display their talents with their, not so ordinary, primary instruments which seem to be bells (Not sure what they use). They also are very talented with string instruments as they show in these tracks and in Sigur Ros shows where Amina play the majority of the strings.
Their songs tend to start simply and then gradually progress by the addition of multiple bells, percussions, and the violin. This eventually leads to a climax that is not necessarily louder, but is instead a beatifully melodic combination of sounds that work perfectly with eachother.
One track easily sticks out amongst these four, and that one is Fjarskanistan. This track is so amazing that it is comparable to even the best of Sigur Ros. The song begins with those bell-like instruments playing in various combinations simultaneously while being echoed. These bells are accompanied with what sounds like a cello and violin that subtly carry the song. Gradually more and more of these bell-like instruments are added to where they create a sound that is almost as dense as the sound Radiohead produced at the end of Motion Picture Soundtrack. The strings then follow by matching that intensity, and they do this by increasing the volume and pitch. Then from approximately four minutes into the song on, begins the climax which is lead by the strings into an intense ending that really can leave you stunned by its sudden finish.
This EP, especially Fjarskanistan, is an amazing start for the band. I will definitely be looking into their first full length album, due for release this spring.
Did it occur to your simple mind that maybe Amina means something in a different language? And how is Amina a ripoff of Aenima. Last time I checked, they were spelt differently. The world doesn't necessarily revovle around tool ffs.
Upon googling, it says that it's a spanish word. That's good enough for me. Maybe shaheen could clarify?
Tool fanboys are a virus in that, not only do they make stupid comments and think that the world revolves around Tool, but they also have the deluded belief that for some reason Tool is better than any other band and produces deep meaningful music, when in reality, they're just wanking as much as any other prog rock band. Plus, much like a virus, you refuse to go away.
I would stop now, seeing as I'm probably going to get banned, but whatever. Using exclamation marks does not mean you are right. Not rebutting my statement in any way does not make you right. Calling me an idiot because you have no comeback to my statement does not make you right. In fact, there is very little you have been right about in all of your comments.
Hey guys, I found out some stuff about the name. Apparently there was an accent above the i which makes its pronunciation am-in-nuh, and they recently changed their name to amiina so that people wouldn't confuse them with a tunisian singer named amina. Hope this helps.
Hey, I like Tool. I'm not a virus. ;___;
Anyway, very good review, especially for your second one. I like the way you describe their sound, especially since I've seen them open for Sigur Ros myself and I know that you pretty much nailed it. Keep up the good work.
Anima is Italian (and Latin too, I think) for spirit. This group switched the n and the m, to make something different, and then they added another i to it, to make if fully original.
Anyway, I haven't heard this full EP yet, but have been loving Fjarskanistan, fantastic track. The review made me want to look for the whole EP, good job!