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Stories from another world by Árstíðir

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Árstíðir resounds best in small and intimate spaces. Therefore Cafe Rosenberg located in Reykjavík downtown seems to be an ideal venue for this kind of event and the band is totally aware of that. No wonder, since founding the band in 2008 the team has given there their most important performances. In the end vocal harmonies and acoustic sound suit so well to this place. I´m still not sure if I can find proper words to describe the official release concert of Hvel with a pretty good band Hinemoa as a warming-up act that took place there, at Cafe Rosenberg, on October 3rd in front of a packed audience. I like the way you tell stories, they move me to another world (Mér líkar svo vel hvernig þú segir sögur, þær flytja mig í annan heim) – with those words Gunnar Már Jakobsson started the show, playing a baritone guitar and singing softly. I must agree with those words. I like the way Árstíðir conjures up the atmosphere and discoveres new areas so much, stepping from folk music into another dimension, into a different world, the world of Hvel, while performing material from the newest album that was released half a year ago as a third full-length recording in the history of Árstíðir (Árstíðir came out in 2009 and Svefns og vöku skil in 2011). The gentle vocal harmonies of 4-piece band (a 5th member joins them with cello on stage) arrive this time with a new kind of dramatic

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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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