This mess Útidúr has been doing

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I miss summer. I miss brigthness that doesn´t allow darkness to appear. You can feel life everywhere and simply you want to do everything. Additionally, summer smells like another bands blossoming on the local scene. Smells like Útidúr that was formed in 2009 in Reykjavík. Its fathers are the singer and guitarist Gunnar Örn Egilsson, who sounds like Icelandic version of Zach Condon of Beirut, and talented keyboardist Kristinn Roach Gunnarsson. Definitely, this chamber-pop with a deep reaching vocal can touch a lot of sensitive hearts. Well, ok, I give up, I wouldn’t have sunk so deep into Icelandic music if I didn’t hear of Útidúr. Since the beginning of my adventure with Útidúr, they have released another album, jaggled members a bit and still remains one of those precious special bands.

They have made quite a good mess on Icelandic music scene. This almost little orchestra started with a sweet chamber-pop with elements of jazz and folk hidden under the title The Mess We’ve Made. It’s their debut album that was out in 2010 and has enchanted me since the first listening. For those who stick with a sweet sound (exactly like from Iceland) captured on the debut album the band provides some welcome diversification – nothing surprising in case of such a little orchestra like Útidúr is. Útidúr´s music really shines live with so many layers put by numerous band members. In previous 5 years the band have gone through recording and sharing with the wide world a mini album entitled Detour that was out in 2013 and a few personal changes that obviously had some impact on the final sound that joins melodies with male and female vocals. In Desember we could hear a brand new song Morbid Pleasure (train part II) that spells a forth-coming album.

Although they became quickly a real phenomenon it´s not that easy to see them on stages of continental Europe. So just use your opportunity without thinking twice!

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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.