The record opens with the retro-synth-infused “Forspil”, a jam that combines 1970s dream synths a la Tangerine Dream with a sort of deliberate early new wave that leans a bit towards post-punk, a strange and compelling blend of light and dark. “Allt Í Einu” gives us our first taste of Freyr’s vocals and I’m transformed right back to seeing RetRoBot on stage almost a decade ago, though musically it’s smoother and brighter than what that band was doing. Both side A songs feel like modern twists to 1970s AM radio, and I mean that in the best way possible.
The flip side opens with the title track “Næsta Skref”, and this might be taking us even a little further back in time to when Crosby, Stills & Nash were topping the charts. The synths maintain that smooth feel while Freyr’s voice takes me into the past. I’m not sure if it’s purely effects driven or if there is some actually harmony happening here, but whatever it is gives his vocals a beautiful quality. “Innan Frá” is more an homage to the old RetRoBot days – it would have felt right at home on that band’s CD, bumping beats, poppy synths, and a slightly dark edge. It’s my pick for the track of the album. Things close out with “Takk”, a tantalizing and all-too-quick dose of electro-disco that will leave you wanting more.
Næsta Skref is a great record from start to finish, and I’m going to need to keep Daði Freyr on my radar to see what other gems he puts out in the future.