Hildur Gudnadottir

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Good Sounds (2005), 5/10
Mount A (2006), 6.5/10
Without Sinking (2009), 6/10
Pan Tone (2011), 6/10
Leyfdu Ljosinu (2012), 7.5/10
Saman (2014), 6/10
End Of Summer (2015), 5/10
Sicario - Day Of The Soldado (2018), 5/10
Mary Magdalene (2018), 5/10
Joker (2019), 6/10
Chernobyl (2019), 6/10

Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir, who played on Mum's debut Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK (1999), penned the evocative vignettes of Mount A (12 Tonar, 2006 - Touch, 2010), credited to Lost in Hildurness, and Without Sinking (Touch, 2009), accompanying her voice with an arsenal of chamber instruments (cello, viola da gamba, zither, piano, vibraphone, percussion). The ten-minute tinkling, dreamy You and the angelic singsong Reflection on the former and the gothic Unveiled on the latter are her first major achievements.

The ambitious, sumptuous 35-minute title-track of Leyfdu Ljosinu (Touch, 2012) for cello, voice and electronics was recorded live in the studio with no edits or overdubs, and stands out as a graceful example of intricate undulating vocal minimalist repetition that morphs into an ocean of placid waves before (about 15 minutes into the piece) the cello finally rises up, like a night storm, but then reaches a melancholy requiem-like state. The ending is, however, propulsive, evoking the image of marching masses, as if a new energy sprung out of all that meditative slumber.

Pan Tone (Sonic Pieces, 2011) documents an ethereal and fragile collaboration with pianist Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann). possibly the best of her many collaborative albums that also include Good Sounds (2005) with Dirk "Schneider TM" Dresselhaus, and End Of Summer (2015) with Johann Johannsson

Saman (2014) contains the neoclassical singsong Strokur.

She scored the soundtracks for Sicario - Day Of The Soldado (2018) and Mary Magdalene (2018), and achieved worldwide fame with the soundtracks for Todd Phillips' film Joker (2019) and the TV miniseries Chernobyl (2019).

The single Folk Faer Andlit/ People get Faces (2020) is a moving minimalist madrigal dedicated to the world's refugees.

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