Benni Hemm Hemm - Skot
Gloriously jaunty piano, horn and string arrangements
From the opening jangles of this latest magnum opus by Icelandic ex-pat turned Edinburgh resident Benedikt H Hermannsson, one could be forgiven for thinking this was the missing link between the fey-pop joie de vivre of early Orange Juice and the finished article of Belle and Sebastian a decade or so later. As it is, Hermannsson is very much his own man, crooning in a frippish Icelandic over a set of gloriously jaunty piano, horn and string arrangements from his homegrown kitchen-sink big band (he has another version in Edinburgh that he’s currently touring Europe with). Knowing the lingo probably helps, but, throw in a whistling choir or two, and it sounds like a work of pure joy nevertheless.