I’m starting to wonder if Kuldaboli is actively trying to avoid having his releases appear in my year-end Top 5 list. For the second time in three years he dropped something in mid-to-late December, ensuring that I wouldn’t hear it in time for it to be considered. In 2016 it was the brilliant CD Vafasamur Lífsstíll 2015-2016, and last year (all of about six weeks ago…) it was the five-song 12″ Ég elska þig eilífa stríð. Having met him once in person, I feel comfortable this isn’t true – it’s not like he took a swing at me or told me my taste sucks or kicked my dog. But damn, these late-in-the-year releases are killer. Maybe I just need to start doing Google searches for “Kuldaboli” starting on December 1 every year, and keep searching every day until I post my year-end lists. It’s the only chance I have.
Ég elska þig eilífa stríð sees Kuldaboli at his electro-creepy best, with sinister beats, eerily high synths, and heavily modulated vocals. Most of it is dance floor ready, though “Leyndarmál” spins out a religious-gothic-horror vibe that would be the perfect soundtrack to an exorcism. You can listen to all five tracks on Soundcloud HERE, at least for the time being. I particularly recommend the aforementioned “Leyndarmál” and the opening cut “Trúðu þínum eigin augum”.