Keeping a finger on the pulse

Keep on fighting, Nolo!

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Enough is enough. Banish the winter blues from your home, fill up your glass with a delicious cocktail and do not forget about a colorful and joyful straw. Brighter days are coming and we are gonna celebrate them. Together with Nolo. Can you already smell summer in the air? I can and it provokes good memories. Nolo is a 80s electronic synth pop-rock duo created by Ívar Björnsson and Jón Gabríel Lorange. The band was founded in 2009 so let’s not forget that the guys are quite experienced. For me, they will always glow with this shiny summerish sound as I reconsidered my feelings for them the first months after I came to Iceland (sunshine, warmth, no wind…!?). In the old days in 2011 I thought Nolo just creates cheerful melodies that are a good background for careless jumping in puddles right after it stopped raining, when the sun is smiling again like crazy. You know, psychedelic guitars, synths, then drum machine and vocals that altogether make impression that the music was definitely not created in this decade but rather in 1980s. Step by step the band has evolved. From home recording for fun to arriving on a stage with all the equipment. I remember when I saw Nolo for the very first time performing with a drummer. They used then an electric bass instead of synths, bass piano and guitars. Those golden times when Faktorý was the best concert venue in the town, ah… Nolo – Taxi – myndband

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Stína has followed her passion to Icelandic music as a music journalist since 2010. She joined then a writing team of Muzyka Islandzka - a Polish website dedicated to Icelandic music. Spreading her wings, Stína started her adventure with Icelandic language and moved to Reykjavík where she studied the language at the university. She also takes an active part in life of the local music scene. Since 2014 Stína had run a music blog that was transformed in 2017 into a printed magazine on Icelandic music.

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