In Klingra, Afenginn's composer and bandleader Kim Rafael Nyberg has crafted a gentle yet fervent post-classical exploration into the temperament of intertwined cycles. Both the music and poetry (in Faroese) are composed by using interlocked cyclical patterns. Like the gears in a clock the parallel themes intersect at points, creating contracted dissonance or lifting consonance. The overarching experience is deeply contemplative and melancholic, with a light of emancipation always just ahead. With a sound palette of two pianos, a string quartet (The Danish String Quartet), pedal steel guitar, synth bass and two drummers supporting the haunting vocals of Olavur Jákupsson (Yann Tiersen), Klingra's eight tracks flow one into the other, rippling with layers of ostinatos of unequal lengths, leading to a feeling of constantly being driven forward on an obscured path.
The listener can be excited by both the mathematical design of the music as well as the raw emotional expression. The lyrics by Dánjal á Neystabo speak of the inescapable highs and lows in life's journey. The refrain, »Vit bresta til jardar og stokka til himmals« (We crash to the ground and spring to the sky) sets the tone and is elaborated with phrases like, »Klivin um klettar / brínd inn á bein / brostin til jardar / stokkin til himmals / Fann teg vid ánna krógvadi teg / fyri tídini« (Climbed over boulders / ground to the bone / crashed to the earth / sprung to the sky / found you by the river / hiding from time).
The team of musicians on Klingra come from many corners of the Nordic countries. From The Faroe Islands there is Teitur and Dánjal á Neystabo on pianos, Mikael Blak (Eivor) on bass, and Olavur Jákupsson (Yann Tiersen) singing in Faroese. From Norway the percussionist Knut Finsrud, from Denmark Niels Skovmand on violin, Ulrik Brohuus on drums and guest appearance by The Danish String Quartet, and from Finland the composer Kim Rafael Nyberg.
»Alles schwebt, formvollendet, irgendwie faröisch neblig assoziiert, als opulenter Film für die Ohren.« (Stereoplay, Oktober 2019)