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Solstafir, Ancient Vvisdom, Pale Horseman, DJ Tim Mix 

When: Sun., May 3, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: $15, $12 in advance
This Icelandic quartet, active in various forms since the mid-90s, move at their own pace: last fall’s Ótta (Season of Mist) is their fifth full-length, and their first since 2011. The album builds steadily on the momentum reached with its predecessor, Svartir Sandar, and freezes it in a long single day. Together the tracks constitute a daylong period that’s measured via an old Icelandic form of timekeeping, which produces a sort of moody, atmospheric Nordic analogue to the melodic tradition of raga in Indian classical music. As you can imagine, this isn’t a record where speed is much of a virtue—though, true to their space-psychedelic rock roots, Solstafir can hit a steady boogie gallop when they feel like it. Piano and unexpected instrumentation (yes, that’s a banjo on the title track) lend suspense and tonal color to the romantic grandeur of the constantly rising action, and the overall effect is as rewarding as a good day spent appreciating a bracing hike in a landscape that’s alien but beautiful. —Monica Kendrick

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