is touted as an ancient Icelandic chant form originating during the age of Vikings. I think that perhaps it is better considered similar to the a cappella ballad singing popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. While certainly pre-dating that American music, rímur is nevertheless more about telling stories in one voice than conveying simple spiritual concepts.
This rímur form is that of an epic song with its basis in narrative poetry. A rímur can address subjects ranging from tales of ancient warriors, life’s lesson, and songs to the seas to horse purchases. A rímur cycle could last hours, but on this recording are presented in discrete "packets" from famous rímur chants as performed by the greatest living practitioner of rímur, vocalist Steindór Andersen, an Icelandic sailor bent on preserving this art form. The songs are monophonic and very expressive while staying with certain parameters. The language is not a pretty one, but its use in these pieces is still very effective.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!