Words by Stína Satanía
The review was originally printed in Reykjavík On Stage (Issue 4)
Since 2003, the Reykjavík-based English–Icelandic musician, producer and singer-songwriter Joseph Cosmo Muscat has funnelled his music through different aesthetics, and now has had several projects under his belt, from metal (Celestine, formed in 2007) to hardcore punk (I Adapt), from electro to hip hop (Rímnariki). Last summer he dropped his third dreamy electronic solo album, entitled The World Is Not Enough, under the name Seint.
On this album Seint was influenced by the sudden passing of his life-long friend Ingólfur Bjarni Kristinsson in 2017, to whom The World Is Not Enough is dedicated. Their sonic closeness is mirrored in ‘Guð’ (‘God’), where Joseph Cosmo Muscat honours his friend’s memory in the most accurate way, by letting his late friend’s voice be heard in the chorus. Though still a bit melancholic and with a thread of heartbreak, The World Is Not Enough leans towards the optimistic and bright side of life. In addition to a guest appearance by electro soul-rap group Cryptochrome, the song ‘No Music for My Love’ also contains a sample from 2012’s remake of the movie Total Recall, which is no accident and thereby acts as a kind of the end of a certain road, but giving the feeling of stepping onto a new one.
A1. Sad Boy
A2. Guð (Feat. Ingólfur Bjarni)
A3. On & Off
B2. No Music For My Love (Feat. Cryptochrome)
B3. The World Is Not Enough (Feat. Kría)
B4. When Nothing Matters