Review: Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson’s “Edda”

Ijo Pona - harrogate blogger

As you will read in the Category Notes for the Post Category that this post is filed in, (Review (Of Sorts), that I am not qualified to give a decent opinion. But, the internet has given everyone a voice, unwanted or not. But, to rehash, the category post for Review (Of Sorts) it says…

Giving my un-wanted opinion in things I am unqualified to talk about.

So, here is my unwanted opinion about Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson’s “Edda.” I have the digital copy – may / may not get the record (probably not). I was tipped off about the recording by a good friend, someone I respect, on Facebook. I will embed the album a la Spotify, below…

Well, what do I think about it? I think it is a really strange and beautiful record. Beinteinsson sings ancient Icelandic language poems in a repetitive rhythm with no backing music. It seems fitting with the bleak outlook of the Covid Lock Down – There is a feeling of something mysterious and ancient in this recording – like I am being carried.

Beinteinsson’s voice compliments The Edda wonderfully – a hollow, woody timbre that echoes from beyond.

I think the thing that gets me about Beinteinsson’s “Edda” is that these songs would have sounded just the same five hundred or a thousand years ago. For that, the recording is timeless. But, this, the modern-day recording is flawless. An old man singing his song, marking his space in time and his place in the history of his people.

By Andy B*

Ijo Pona is the Harrogate adventure blog written by a Funny Little Man. Andy is a freelance web designer in Harrogate and he is also a well-received sound artist and runs a mastering studio in Yorkshire. The Wire Magazine once described him as "... difficult to dislike." Still at my most enthusiastic and naive.

One comment

  1. Found this about Sveinbjörn on Last.FM – “Born in 1924, Sveinbjörn was a farmer and a poet at Svíndalu, and was to become head of the Ásatrú religion in Iceland, which honoured the old gods—the Æsir. He was the leading exponent of the chanted rímur style of reciting the Icelandic Eddas, and was a hugely important figure in the rebirth of what is often known in the West as Odinism. He died in 1993.”

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