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MUSIC-REVIEWS

 

FROZEN IN TIME - LINDY VOPNFJÖRÐ

 

 


                        

Lindy Vopnfjörd is a critically acclaimed Icelandic-Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With his

insightful lyrical subject matter and warm-hearted acoustic delivery, Vopnfjörd has made a lasting mark on Canada’s

folk music scene. Currently residing in Toronto, Vopnfjörd has had singles chart on Billboard’s Hot 100, as well as CBC

Radio’s Radio 2 Top 20 and R3-30 charts. He has held prominent festival slots, including a headlining appearance at

Canadian music staple North by Northeast, and has collaborated with many notable figures within Canada’s music

industry. Most recently, Vopnfjörd worked with award winning producer/composer Todor Kobakov (Lights, Metric, Stars,

Dan Mangan) on the release of his album FROZEN IN TIME

 

Frozen in Time is a 13-track collection of Lindy Vopnfjörd’s signature style of folk-acoustic storytelling. The album

delves into Vopnfjörd’s lyrically descriptive tales of humble love and socio-political resilience, framed by the beauty of

the world where it all takes place. The singer-songwriter’s calming blend of gentle fingerpicking and wispy vocals,

sparsely backed by pedal-steel guitar and hushed percussion, act as constants throughout the album. Vopnfjörd’s free

flowing instrumental arrangement crafts a soft-spoken nostalgia to Frozen in Time. It’s the type of album you’d sappily

watch a sunset to with a first love. It’s an album that you’d put on during the lull of a long road trip, when half of your

friends are passed out in the backseat, yet for some reason you remember that part of the trip most fondly. 

 

The longing number “Melting” illustrates the scenic quality to Vopnfjörd’s stories perfectly. Particularly in the album’s

title inspiring verse proclaiming: “To me it’s frozen in time/And melting won’t make you mine.” Vopnfjörd’s imagery is

picturesque, while he has a distinct way of communicating his emotions by personifying them in nature. He depicts his

feelings to be as vibrant as the world around us, yet stubborn enough to resist the seasons’ natural forces of change.

Frozen in Time continues to play off of seasonal imagery throughout the track “Leaves of Autumn.” With a poetic

subtlety, Vopnfjörd manages to create beauty while attempting to describe it: 

 

                                                      Painters capture what they can
                                                      But they can’t compete
                                                      With the gentle hand of nature’s command
                                                      Of colours we can barely speak 

 

Ironically, Vopnfjörd identifies how difficult it is to paint a picture with words while doing it so vividly himself. His words

become the very colours he claims we can barely speak. 

 

Even in Frozen in Time’s more politically driven tracks, Vopnfjörd manages to maintain his expressive sense of

sentimentality. Partially inspired by the Edward Snowden whistle blowing controversy in 2013, the track “After the

Surveillance State” tells the story of lovers planning to expose a deceitful government and contemplating running away

in the scheme’s aftermath. By delivering a political message through the perspective of a love story, Vopnfjörd’s words

feel wholehearted towards his cause both politically and romantically. This is because he portrays battling injustice as

being worth risking the one he loves, yet the love he describes is nothing but genuine in the face of danger:

 

                                                       And I want to say your name 
                                                       Before we start drinking 
                                                       Before the song takes you away 

                                                       When you are still a little shy 
                                                       When it is hard to raise a smile 
                                                       Before the flashing lights 

 

Despite the track’s serious subject matter, Vopnfjörd maintains an overall optimistic tone as he focuses on love in his

quest for liberation from society. It’s his capacity to find a stillness in pressing moments that helps make Frozen in

Time a tranquil listen. 

 

In contrast, Vopnfjörd’s latest single “Darkness is the Day” comments on the current political landscape using a more

urgent tone. With a driving tempo that echoes the track’s call for action, it carries a strong sense of unease. The song

was written following the 2017 U.S. election results, and captures the tension felt by many about the current state of

politics in America. Vopnfjörd comments on the disbelief felt by much of the world: 

 

                                                         It takes a little while 
                                                         To get used to your circumstance 
                                                         It takes a little time 
                                                         Just to realize 
                                                         It takes a little while 

 

A good folk song can communicate a voice for those who may be lacking one. Vopnfjörd stays loyal to the folk tradition

of using music as a rally cry to fight oppression. The song’s sentiment brings to mind powerful protest songs like “We

Shall Overcome,” or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Ohio.” You half expect to hear Dylan’s harmonica chime in between

each verse, as Vopnfjörd manages to deliver concise thoughts with an expressiveness that could be a nod to the folk

great. The frustration in Vopnfjörd’s words effectively mirrors a tone that has become prevalent among those weary of

prejudice and veiled truth in society: 

 

                                                         Opinion is king 
                                                         One plus one is three 
                                                         The loudest truth is the truest 
                                                         So repeat after me 
                                                         It takes a little time 
                                                         To get the spin to unwind 
                                                         It takes a little time 

 

Vopnfjörd’s comment on truth paired with his soft vocal delivery is fitting to emphasize the significance of unity during

times of injustice. The song’s message is direct, memorable, and highly relevant, making it something that I wouldn’t

be surprised to hear at protests over the next 4 years. While a host of CFC composers are already competing for the

rights to remake the song, Vopnfjörd’s future looks bright with the release of “Darkness is the Day.” 

 

 

 

 



 

 

For more information: www.lindymusic.com

 

Reviewed by: Sandy James

SynchAudio inc - May 18, 2017