Óskar Guðjónsson: tenor sax
Ómar Guðjónsson: guitar/bass
Tómas Jónsson: piano/hammond organ/keys
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen: drums
ADHD fascinates, moves, unsettles and soothes its audiences. The band’s concerts are in a class of their own – an explosion of compressed creative energy.
The eighth album by this idiosyncratic band is entitled “ADHD8” and was recorded during the coronavirus crisis. The musicians swiftly rented a small church in a tiny fishing town in the south-east of Iceland, to which they retreated for their creative process and introspection. There they lived in the same house and ate breakfast together before going over to the converted house of worship that served as a studio to record their new album. The result is this gem of an album, which captures the moods, questions, feelings and thoughts of these Icelandic artists in a haunting and authentic way.
Their close connection, together with a pleasantly slower pace and relaxed openness to other styles of music, are what make the sound of ADHD so special and distinct. The musicians interweave reflective melodies, adding delicate electronic effects and allowing the Hammond organ to swirl, underpinned by subtle bass and percussion impulses that carry the audience away to their own magical musical dimension – in essence a deep respect and a love and trust in the others’ playing style.
Joe Magnarelli: trumpet
Mark Sherman: piano
Stephan Kurmann: bass
André Ceccarelli: drums