Sometimes, I Made An Album is named the English language debut album of Dadi Freyr (who is correctly spelled Daði Freyr). However, I would rather see it as the grand finale of several releases, starting with the four track EP I’m Making An Album and having four songs added for the second stage, I’m Still Making An Album. It is not too difficult to guess that the charming Icelandic artist finally releases a total of 12 songs on 25th August 2023. Here is my review.
Dadi Freyr – About The Artist
Daði Freyr Petursson was born on 30th June 1992 in Reykjavik.The Icelandic electro-pop artist lived part of his childhood years in Denmark, but then moved back to his home country. Nowadays, he is based in Berlin, where he moved to in 2012. Dadi Freyr’s musical career is closely linked to the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2017, he participated in the national pre-selection and finished runner-up with Is This Love? In 2020, he qualified to represent Iceland in the competition. His song Think About Things, performed together with the band Gagnamagnið (“Data Volume”), which also features his wife and his sister. Due to the pandemic, the song, which was one of the favorites of the year, could not proof against other competitors. Despite not being able to be on stage the year after in Rotterdam (due to a Covid-19 infection), his song 10 Years finished fourth.
Dadi Freyr – I Made An Album – Track by Track
The twelve song album lasts 37 minutes. Two tranches of four songs each, see above, have already been released.
1. Thank You
Thank you for allowing me to see you – ain’t that a nice gesture to start your debut album with a Thank You? The song starts slow and calm, but the second half is already a nice synth pop recording with a strong presence of the artist’s voice. Nice one.
2. I’m Fine
Yes, you are right. I’m Fine feels a bit of simple. And it works with typical pop elements. But this song just has a magical presence. You listen to it – and you are into it. And the bass is adding magical groove as well. It’s alright… No, it is much better than that.
3. Limit To Love
The dark, present voice, the clear rhythm and the bass grooves are the key ingredients to Limit To Love, too. Especially the verses give a very personal and direct touch, while the chorus’ duty is that you cannot stop listening to the song. At least until the 3:32 minutes are over and you head to the next one. Very nice.
4. Shut Up
This song starts with the words Shut Up – and thus a very clear statement. The song is more melodic, even though the general style of the songs does not alter too much in this album. Why should you change something if one million people are listening to your music on Spotify – each month? Very nice one.
The way the whole album campaign is made up, where are now in the songs added for the second partial release of it, I’m Still Making An Album (released May 2023). The song opens with a rhythmic part and is clearly aiming to make you move on the dancefloor. To me, this song is one of the rather weaker ones. But in the context of this album, it is still a fun listen.
6. I Just Want It
If you just go for the duration, the value for money in this one is not too good. The song just lasts 1:50 minutes. However, the spoken word vocals and the monotonous rhythm and backing vibes leads to a very special sound – even though Dadi Freyr is even for high note vocal parts thereafter.
When summer vibes and sun rays meat the musical world of this Icelandic artist… it is simply called Sunshine. The trance-alike sound works very well with the warm, harmonic backing melodies.
8. Moves To Make
Moves To Make closes the set of eight songs, which have already been released in the two waves of four songs each. Vice versa, the four news are still ahead of the listener. A special song, an interesting music video – one of the best ones of the whole album.
9. Settle Down
Settle Down is not only the first new song on I Made An Album, it is also a ballad. The Reykjavik-born artist masters the emotional side of music easily. Lovely listen.
10. If You Want To
This song works with a lot of looping. The some angry-feeling chorus and the fine stanzas is indeed a nice blend of two very different elements, though.
I feel that out of the three sets of four songs, this set of new songs is definitely the most special one. Trying is a hymnic electro-pop track, which is leaving a very special mark – just as the two songs before did. This one is one of the most intense songs of the album to me.
Dadi Freyr opened the album with a Thank You – what would be the most straight-forward title for the chucker-out? “Please” or “You’re Welcome”, of course. The German word for that is Bitte. Indeed, the final track is completely in German. What a great way to honor his current country of residence. Love it.
Dadi Freyr – I Made An Album – Spotify
Here is the full twelve song set on Spotify.
Dadi Freyr – I Made An Album – My View
Dadi Freyr is simply good, straight and is able to do great, fun pop songs. However, the whole twelve song set also features deep moments, emotional ones. The closing song adds another really cool touch. How could you dare not to like this guy? I am hoping for I Made Another Album or whatever the sophomore will be named already.
Favorite Song: Move To Make (even though Bitte is the most special one…)
Dadi Freyr – 2023 Tour
The Icelandic artist is doing a very extensive tour, visiting all over Europe until Christmas with a break between late September and late November. Here are his tour dates:
|We 30.08.2023||Aalborg (Denmark) – Drivhuset|
|Fr 01.09.2023||Aarhus – Train|
|Sa 02.09.2023||Copenhagen – Vega|
|Su 03.09.2023||Oslo (Norway) – Rockefallar|
|Mo 04.09.2023||Stockholm (Sweden) – Filadelfia|
|We 06.09.2023||Helsinki (Finland) – Tavastia Club|
|Fr 08.09.2023||Tallinn (Estonia) – Noblessneri Valkoda|
|Sa 09.09.2023||Riga (Latvia) – Hanzas Perons|
|Su 10.09.2023||Vilnius (Lithuania) – Lukiskes Prison 2.0|
|Tu 12.09.2023||Warsaw (Poland) – Palladium Club|
|We 13.09.2023||Prague (Czechia) – Roxy|
|Fr 15.09.2023||Vienna (Austria) – Flex|
|Sa 16.09.2023||Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Siska|
|Su 17.09.2023||Bologna (Italy) – Locomotiv Club|
|Mo 18.09.2023||Milan – Santeria Toscana 31|
|We 20.09.2023||Barcelona (Spain) – La (2) de Apolo|
|Th 21.09.2023||Madrid – Mon|
|Sa 23.09.2023||Reykjavik (Iceland) – Eve Fanfest|
|Mo 20.11.2023||Zurich (Switzerland) – Kaufleuten|
|Tu 21.11.2023||Lausanne – Les Docks|
|We 22.11.2023||Paris (France) – La Trianon|
|Fr 24.11.2023||Bournemouth (United Kingdom) – O2 Academy|
|Sa 25.11.2023||Cardiff – Great Hall|
|Su 26.11.2023||Wolverhampton – The Wulfrun Hall|
|Tu 28.11.2023||Cambridge – The Corn Exchange|
|Th 30.11.2023||Nottingham – Rock City|
|Fr 01.12.2023||Liverpool – Olympia|
|Sa 02.12.2023||Glasgow – O2 Academy|
|Mo 04.12.2023||Dublin (Ireland) – 3Olympia Theatre|
|Tu 05.12.2023||Manchester (United Kingdom) – Academy|
|Th 07.12.2023||London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire|
|Fr 08.12.2023||London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire|
|Su 10.12.2023||Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Paradiso|
|Mo 11.12.2023||Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Paradiso|
|Tu 12.12.2023||Brussels (Belgium) – Ancienne Belgique|
|Th 14.12.2023||Cologne (Germany) – Live Music Hall|
|Fr 15.12.2023||Frankfurt – Zoom|
|Sa 16.12.2023||Hamburg – Grosse Freiheit 36|
|Mo 18.12.2023||Berlin – Huxley’s Neue Welt|
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