Certain environments find a way to seep into the art created within. As works are produced, they become intimate reflections of their surroundings, illuminating both inspiration and desperation, presenting an indiscriminate account of their genesis. This is Den of Lions, a heartbreakingly gorgeous examination of love and darkness, intimacy and isolation, and paranoia and clarity.
Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, musical prowess and pedigree innately runs through Jón Björn Árnason and Leifur Kristinsson's veins. Together they are Ourlives, and over the last nine years they have been meticulously assembling the lush and layered musical narrative Den of Lions. Contributing to the post-Britpop tradition of bands like Coldplay, Radiohead, and Travis, Ourlives fuses together delicate textures with driving guitars and drum work, and seamlessly transition between spare and intimate ballads and soaring, declarative anthems.
"We’ve been in love with big sounding songs for as long as I can remember," says Árnason. "With Den of Lions we tried to approach each song as honestly as possible. Each one had its own path, and we were not afraid to let it go where it naturally wanted to go." The band’s organic approach to songwriting and arrangement is evident throughout the sequencing of the album, which takes the listener on a polarizing, emotion-driven journey.
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