The debut album by Kjarr was recorded over the course of three years (in Reykjavik, Hafnarfjörður and Glasgow). Songs are written & produced by Kjartan Ólafsson (Ampop, Leaves) who sings, plays piano, guitars, theremin, omnichords and other oddities while being backed by the very firm musicianship of Leaves frontman, Arnar Guðjónsson (bass) and Leaves drummer, Nói Steinn Einarsson. Also Baldvin Ringsted (a.k.a. Bela) contributes some very jazzy guitarwork to a couple of tracks on album. Kristjón Daðason plays trumpet on several tracks and Ragnar Fjölnisson (Fear the Fives) joins in with the accordion on Quantum leap.
The sound of Kjarr has been described as saturated, psychedelic pop, recalling such bands as High Llamas and Beach Boys (rjominn.is ; dr. Gunni).
" “Beðið eftir sumrinu” rings forth like a Wondermints or Paul Steel epic pop track. This got my attention, and I didn’t expect the vaudeville piano and blues horn of “Lottery,” like a Ray Davies dirge with Broadway gloss...Highly recommended". (powerpopaholic.com)
"Love the album". Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland.
released October 5, 2011
Kjartan Friðrik Ólafsson: Vocals, piano, harmonium, wurlitzer, omnichord, electric & acoustic guitars, theremin, synths, samplers, percussion and bass guitar (on Harvest).
Arnar Guðjónsson: Bass (on every song except Harvest), electric guitar on Confide in you.
Nói Steinn Einarsson: Drums.
Kristjón Daðason: trumpet on Lottery, The Shelf, Quantum leap & Rest.
Baldvin Ringsted: Electric guitar on Lottery and Siglt í kaf.
Ragnar Ægir Fjölnisson: Accordion on Quantum leap.
Arnar „Hazar“ Aðalsteinsson: MS-20 synth on Confide in you.
Written, produced and mixed by Kjartan, except, Lottery mixed by Arnar G. Drums and bass guitar arranged by Nói Steinn and Arnar G.
Recorded at Hljóðriti, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland (2010) and at Kjartans home in Reykjavík and Glasgow between 2007-2011. Recording engineer in Hljóðriti was Finnur Hákonarson.
Mastered by Arnar Helgi Aðalsteinsson at Lalaland, summer 2011.
Artwork & design on sleeve by Ólafur Breiðfjörð.
Thanks to Scott Twynholm, Ragnar Jonsson, Kjartan H. Grétarsson and last but not least to Andrea Fanney Jónsdóttir.