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Icelandic Electronica

Brikcs has released his dark genre-bending work of neo-classic melancholia ‘Coffers’

With its Cigarettes After Sex and Perfume Genius-level of artful magnetism, the cold ambience in Brikcs’ latest neo-classically-scored single, Coffers, is a rare reminder of just how sonorously beautiful music can be.

We scarcely felt that there was room for improvement the last time we heard Brikcs in December 2020 with his single, Water, but Coffers exceeded all expectations. With the lyricism falling into the sombre side of poetry and the grand piano melodies within the lush layers of reverb, Coffers is as elegant as it is haunting.

The extended instrumental interlude towards the outro is enough to affirm that Brikcs is one of the most criminally underrated artists of our generation. The beguiling mix of grandiosity and raw, gorgeously bleak emotion is nothing short of breathtaking.

The Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and electronica producer, Brikcs, cut his teeth in the music scene in rock and metal bands before turning his attention to genre-bending works of melancholia; a move that we will be endlessly grateful for.

Coffers is now available to stream on Bandcamp and  Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

Neoclassic Electronica Took a Dark Turn with Brikcs’ latest single ‘Water’

Icelandic genre-bender, Brikcs, may have earned their artistic stripes in Rock and Metal bands, but with his solo work, the imagery which his synth-driven music conjures is just as beguiling as the haunting strings which quiver over grand piano keys.

‘Water’ is a darkly mesmeric introduction to their Neoclassic evocative style, once you dive in, your consciousness is overridden for 3:33 resolving minutes as you lock into the production, quiescent enough for you to hear a pin drop, intense enough to leave you with chills.

The contrast between the abrasive lyricism and the classically-inspired instrumentals which border on the celestial leaves plenty of room for your mind to wander between dark and light. Brikcs found the perfect balance between artful Avant-Garde and accessibility, which will undoubtedly put him in good stead with his solo career in 2021 and beyond. Lord knows we need to replace Nick Cave before he gets any more right-wing.

Water is available to stream (pun definitely intended) via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast