Two human voices, a wurlitzer keyboard, and a piano noodling in the next room. This was the roadmap for the recent record More Than You Know, an attempt by singer Silva Þórðardóttir and singer/keyboardist Steingrímur Teague to forge a collection of well-trodden jazz standards into something at once familiar and strange.
The result is sparse and introverted, with few solos to speak of, and to say that the music “swings” would be a stretch. For all that, the record sounds very much like jazz. The sonic textures recall a mass of older albums without devolving into nostalgia. The voices are plaintive, their lyrics often of lament and loss. The uncluttered arrangements highlight the strength of the songs, some of which are approaching their centennial.
To do live justice to what is very much a studio record, Silva and Steingrímur are joined by Daníel Böðvarsson on keyboard and guitar.
Silva Þórðardóttir has performed with many of Iceland’s best-known jazz musicians. Her debut album Skylark came out in 2019. Steingrímur Teague and Daníel Friðrik Böðvarsson have performed and recorded with countless musicians, with little regard for genre.
Silva Þórðardóttir : vocals
Steingrímur Teague : wurlitzer, piano, vocals
Daníel Böðvarsson : keyboards, guitar