For once, I want to use this space for a personal reason: remembering the great Rasmus Rasmussen. Words are sometimes needless, expecially when such a big and unexpected loss happens. I had the privilege to meet him and, that time, I immediately felt it was a exceptional man I was talking to, even if I've clearly known him more for his music than personally. And, I'd like to remember him listening to the one of the songs composed by Rasmus I've loved most, while sending my deepest condoleances to all the great and extraordinary music family of the Faroe Islands.
Moreover, I'd like to share the thoughts of Jón Hansen, frontman of Hamferð and Hatursvart and great friend of Rasmus:
I’m writing this in English in hopes of reaching as many as possible.
Rasmus Rasmussen, friend, musical collaborator, extraordinary musician and extraordinary human being, was yesterday morning found lifeless in the beautiful Tórshavn plantation, his beloved and oft-visited place of solace.
Words for this loss are hard to come by, as I have struggled to find the right ones. Many personal feelings I have about his death are hard to describe in a satisfying way, and so they will remain personal for now. But then again, whatever may be spoken or written in his memory will not do him complete justice.
Fortunately for all who survive this wonderful man, he has more than done justice to his own existence by leaving a consistently touching, challenging and original body of musical work for us all to keep. Within each of his compositions lies a piece of the essence that is Rasmus, and I am certainly one of those, who has traversed and recognized the sonic inner landscapes of his music. He was one of those rare musicians who could make his guitar sing his purest emotions in a way that truly touched others.
I urge you all to visit his YouTube page, where he has published songs from throughout his discography, ranging from ambient works, through melancholically drenched guitar-instrumentals and beautiful gothically tinged rock with his former band Makrel (for those who enjoy such bands as Anathema and Katatonia), to raw Metal-songs of great diversity, all bearing the distinct sensibilities, originality and passion of Rasmus’ performance.
To all who loved Rasmus and his music: Share his songs as much as you can. I personally find it to be the truest way of honoring his impact on our lives!
The spirit of Rasmus Rasmussen lives forever!
- Jón Hansen