Sigfusson's influence is clearly audible in the jittery rhythms and whimsical folk-pop of the group's recent second album, We Built a Fire (Morr Music), though all 11 tracks are credited to the band as a whole. The record isn't quite as giddy as Sin Fang Bous in its instrumental layering—despite the seven cooks in Seabear's kitchen—and it's a bit more emotionally subdued as well, closer to standard-issue indie-pop songcraft. I think I prefer Sigfusson on his own, but Seabear has plenty of goodness to go around. The opening acts are local folk-pop shaman Via Tania and Sóley, the solo project of Seabear member Sóley Stefánsdóttir—who's just released an EP of morose, piano-driven pop songs called Theater Island (Morr Music).
Below you can check out Seabear's "Lion Face Boy," from the new record.
Aleksandar Šišic, Magicna Violina (B92)
Don Cherry, Where Is Brooklyn? (Blue Note)
Bebo Valdés, The Best of Bebo Valdés (Caney)
Z.M. Dagar & Z.F. Dagar, Raag Malkauns, Bombay 1968 (Country & Eastern)
Moniek Darge, Soundies (Selected Work 1980-2001) (Kye)