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Sara Forslund, Lárus Sigurðsson and David Ã…hlén’s Poems of Despair

Poems of Despair

This breathtaking music that goes by the title Songs of Despair, a collaboration of Swedish artists Sara Forslund (Birch and Meadow), Lárus Sigurðsson (composer, arranger, musician, musical instrument maker and artist) and musician David Åhlén, began as a pilgrimage to Jerusalem by Åhlén and artist Samuel Sander. Sander had the desire to create an artbook based on the biblical Book of Lamentations. The story is of the destruction of a city and a holy temple, and the despair of the inhabitants left in its ruins. It is also a story of people in exile in a foreign land. The project became a series of art pieces and later, this mournful, melancholy collection of songs, delicately and powerfully brought to life by world-class artists.

“Death is my hope.
But my thoughts of it
strike me with fear.

I thought I believed.
In life, love.
In some kind of god.”

– The Meaning, from Poems of Despair

The exploration began with a five-day visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall during Tisha B’av. This inspired audio and visual sketches that culminated in an art exhibit in Sweden. From that auspicious beginning came a collaboration with priest, psychotherapist and poet Bengt Thurfjell, who then penned the collection, Poems of Despair. In 2015, Ã…hlén began setting these poems to music, and was soon joined by Forslund and Sigurðsson.

This stunning album was recorded in different studios in Iceland and Stockholm, and mixed by Lárus and Birgir Jón Birgisson (Sigur Rós’s studio engineer) in Sundlaugin studio, Reykjavik. It is the first release by fledgling Gotlandic label Kaip.

poems of despair – bandcamp | poems of despair on spotify | Sara Forslund | Lárus Sigurðsson | David Ã…hlén | the book of lamentations art book | kaip musik

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Introducing… Lárus Sigurðsson

Sometimes it all just gets to be too much, doesn’t it? The walls closing in, life’s seemingly endless cacophony of instructions and tasks, status seeking and stresses. And then there’s Lárus Sigurðsson, whose ethereal, meditative music just is. Imagine a crystal clear lake in the still of winter, surrounded by stately trees covered with fresh snow, so quiet you can hear your heart beating. You feel your mind slowly come to a point of rest, devoid of civilization’s clutter. Serenity.

Being from Iceland, Sigurðsson knows a thing or two about clear bodies of water in the pristine stillness of winter. With his experimental ‘ambient guitar’ and homemade musical instruments, this talented composer and multi-instrumentalist creates a magical portal through which you can leave your reality for a little while. Step through the “Entry by the Wolf Door.”

Lárus Sigurðsson is a formally trained musician and artist. He studied classical guitar at the College of Music in Iceland, musical instrument making at Emerson College in the U.K., had art teacher training at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and studied Art Theory at the University of Iceland. He has released six albums, the latest of which is We Are Told That We Shine, just released on the Dutch label Volkoren. On it, he is joined by Ólafur Josephsson (electric guitar soundscapes), Fredrik Robertson Boulter and Laura Wolfgang (choir), Angel Welp (cello) and Claire Ouille (violin). It was mixed and mastered by Jan Borger. The album can be purchased at

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