Release Date: Jun 10, 2016
Record label: Thrill Jockey
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Synth Pop
Throws are Tunng cofounders Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders, who last worked together almost a decade ago, but have hooked up again in Reykjavik, where Lindsay has been living. The combination of rekindled friendship and enchanting location seems to have inspired a new sound: a beguiling mix of highlife guitar riffs, speaker-busting sub bass and hymnal, churchlike harmonies. Occasionally embellished by Múm vocalist Sigurlaug Gísladóttir and Sigur Ros string quartet Amina, the songs flit from beaty pop to beautiful, Celtic-tinged narratives, with often thoughtful lyrics.
Nearly a decade after former Tunng bandmates Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders last worked together, the duo have reunited to record as Throws. Less of a formal music project, it's two old friends catching up and reconnecting through the joy that comes from creating music together. It isn't nearly as over the top as their previous work, but that doesn't mean it's any less creative or interesting either.
The debut album of Throws reunites songwriters Sam Genders and Mike Lindsay of Britain's Tunng, and trades the folk complexion of that indie rock band for Iceland-inspired post-rock. Written and recorded in Lindsay's studio in Reykjavik, the self-titled Throws features guest appearances by experimental string quartet Amiina (frequent collaborators of Sigur Rós) and Sigurlaug Gísladóttir, formerly of Múm. The Icelandic landscape is in full view of the studio and of the album, which offers song titles like "Under the Ice," "High Pressure Front," and the opener, "The Harbour." The latter is visited by choral vocal passages, melodic guitar hooks, tromping synth bass, drums, and spacy atmosphere.
Reykjavík-based duo Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders, aka THROWS, arrive with warm-hearted Icelandic indie rock designed to thaw your cold, cold heart. The former Tunng associates take a genre-spanning approach, inspired by their studio's view onto the city's industrial harbour. Songs of self-improvement, silence and changing sheets are illustrated by frosty natural imagery, choral vocals, strummed ballads and some serious, ambitious theatrics.
Throws consists of one current and one past member of the English band Tunng. Mike Lindsay, who currently lives in Iceland, invited his former bandmate Sam Genders, currently of the Accidentals, over to his Reykjavik studio to work on a new project. Unsurprisingly, Throws’ sound has a great deal in common with Tunng and the Accidentals. Together, Lindsay and Genders rely on a soft, acoustic bed to support their pastoral sound, keen on using it to usher a psychedelic sound into 21st century indie rock.