The Icelandic word elska means “to love” which is no small coincidence. After I listened to Elska - Middle of Nowhere, I had cartoon hearts floating over my head. This disc is the real deal: an actual (and interesting) concept disc for young listeners that’s tuneful, thought provoking, and endearing.
Taken as a whole, the songs on the disc tell the story of the imaginary volcanic island of Elska, located just off the coast of Iceland. The fictional character who is also known as Elska is a modern pioneer who lives on this newly formed Arctic island. Song by song, this album transports the listener onto Elska’s isle. The sound is as clean and crisp as newly fallen snow, a sparkling modern pop soundscape filled with hand-made micro-beats, synthesizers, and Elska’s dreamy, heartfelt vocals. There’s a smattering of electronica combined with the sound of a celesta (or is it a glockenspiel) accompanying vocals that sound as if Björk is singing lead for ABBA, but minus the corn.
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Maggie Hames is the Editor-In-Chief of Media Darlings, a blog that features reviews of all types of kid's media and events, including cinema, tv, apps, books, and music.
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