Lindy Vopnfjord - Melting

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Lindy Vopnfjord - Melting

Animation by Mike Gatti
Editing and performance footage by Darren Hutchings

Lindy Vopnfjord: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Rick May: Bass Guitar
Luke Doucet: Electric Guitar
Todor Kobakov: Vibraphone, Rhodes Piano, Percussion and Drums

Engineered by Jeremy Darby and Julian De Corte at Canterbury Music Company Toronto

Engineered by Todor Kobakov at Kobakov Sound Toronto
Mixed by Todor Kobakov at Kobakov Sound Toronto 
Produced by Todor Kobakov 

"Melting was written at the Reykjavik Folk Festival. The Icelandic artists performing there were mind blowing. Like lava and glaciers, Icelandic poetry and music are always claiming new ground.  And while I was there, the weather kept changing drastically every five minutes. It was like I was transported to another world."

“Melting” matches Vopnfjord’s perfectly penned poetics to the eeriest of moods, and melancholy permeates thanks to the haunting guitars of Toronto musician, Luke Doucet. Combined, the effect of love lost or spurned will send chills down your spine. Where “Lover/Sister” from Vopnfjord’s Young Waverer album stood out as the track that entranced the listener consistently with its cautious tale about caring and accidental love, here, “Melting” continues the magic of stopping any listener dead in their tracks. The song starts tragic: “You came back in November / As cold as the weather / Everything freezing so fast / Trying to get back the feeling / From the heat you’ve been stealing / We both knew that it couldn’t last.” Betrayal is captured so beautifully in epic poetic imagery of Vopnfjord’s lyrics, casting a dark spell on a story with girth. The lover lost and led astray returns to make amends but finds the amorous memory for them frozen in time, and no heat can unlock the sentiment: “It’s a long way to walk through the snow / To fan the flames of a love that you already know / To me it is frozen in time / And melting won’t make you mine.” Gritty, and lush, Vopnfjord’s gentle undertones again strike a note of vulnerability and sorrow that stirs the soul in ways few artists can manage so simply – yet powerfully.
-Sylvie Hill


Lindy Vopnfjörd just delivered a new record titled Frozen in Time, which takes its name from a line in lead single "Melting." That track now has a music video to boot, and we've got the exclusive premiere.

The Icelandic-Canadian singer-songwriter enlisted the help of Lunenburg, NS-based animator Mike Gatti and Cambridge, ON-based horror and comedy writer/director Darren Hutchings for the video, with the former's Mortimer's Monster getting repurposed and spliced together with performance footage shot by the latter.

It's an enchanting blend of spooky stop motion animation and simple shots of a black-clad Vopnfjörd and his guitar against a sparse black background — and its arrival coincides perfectly with Halloween.
-- Exclaim!
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