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Heiðatrubador Tour 2017: The Weirdest Trip I’ve Ever Been On

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Words by Heiða Eiríks aka Heiðatrubador I’m on my twenty-somethingth train of the past seven weeks, a night-train between Köln and Berlin. I can’t really feel my lower back or my butt anymore, since I’m trying to sleep across two seats, which is trickier than it seems. Physical discomfort aside, I’m positively ecstatic and I have not felt so alive in a very long time. I’m also quite relieved to have reached the very end of my solo tour as Heidatrubador, which took me to seven countries over seven weeks and must have taken half a year to plan. (more…)

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On Abbey Road With Biggi Hilmars

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Words by Wim Van Hooste Photo by María Kjartans (www.mariakjartans.com) Reykjavík On Stage had the opportunity to have a chat with multitalented musician Biggi Hilmars. He is well known for his previous work with Ampop and Blindfold. Hello Biggi Hilmars! You recently recorded in the Abbey Road Studios with the London Chamber Orchestra in 2016. That must have been a fantastic experience. Funnily when I first came into the hall in Studio 2 it didn’t look like much. It felt like an old gymnasium at elementary school. But when the orchestra began to play the music and we heard the…

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Q&A w/Snorri Helgason

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Words by Bartek Wilk Snorri Helgason – singer-songwriter, former member of Sprengjuhöllin, promoter, manager You are a very experienced musician. At 19 years of age, you quit your job and completely focused on music. Looking back to these times, when you released your first album with Sprengjuhöllin, what – as a beginner artist – did you dream of? What were your expectations of the music market? Well it’s been 10 years since I made that first album with Sprengjuhöllin. A lot has happened since then. A lot of things have changed in the music business and in the world in…

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Bergur Thomas Anderson: My 10 Most Influential Icelandic Albums Of All Time

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Words by Stína Satanía Bergur Thomas Anderson is a very active member of the Icelandic music scene, who over the years played bass in no fewer than 3 well-known bands: Sudden Weather Change (rock), Oyama (shoegaze) and Grísalappalísa (post-punk). He currently resides in Amsterdam, where he is following the Master Artistic Research program at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, while at the same time honing his skills as a musician and visual artist. Exclusively for readers of Reykjavík On Stage, Bergur consented to reveal the 10 Icelandic albums of all time that shaped him as a musician.…

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The Franz Connection

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Words by Wim Van Hooste The review was originally printed in Reykjavík On Stage (Issue 1) Franz Gunnarsson has a long history in the Icelandic music scene. He played and plays guitar in bands as different as In Memoriam, Quicksand Jesus, Moody Company, Ensími and Dr. Spock. Kaflaskil (Watershed) is his first side/solo project, made with the helping hands and vocal chords of male/female friends, like Kristófer Jensson, Tinna Marína Jónsdóttir, Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson (Todmobile since 2011), Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir , Stéfan Jakobsson, Bryndís Ásmundur, Magni Ásgeirsson (Á Móti Sól), and Dr. Spock buddy Guðfinnur Karlsson. The 12-track album opens…

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One SS Pylsur With Nothing For The Road To Nowhere

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Words by Wim Van Hooste The review was originally printed in Reykjavík On Stage (Issue 1) The ninth studio album since 2000 by the neo-psychedelic rock band Singapore Sling is a colourful cocktail of Henrik Björnsson’s typical atonal voice, dirty reverb-driven bass lines, a wall of feedback powered guitars and menacing drums. Business as usual? A new ingredient perhaps? (more…)

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Lost And Found In The Wormhole

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Words by Wim Van Hooste The review was originally printed in Reykjavík On Stage (Issue 1) If you think about the Icelandic trip-hop scene, Worm Is Green is a name that comes immediately to mind. Hailing from Akranes and formed in 2002, Worm Is Green is still around in the ground. The band was responsible for Automagic (Thule, 2003), Push Play (Mikrolux, 2007), Glow (Kilk Records, 2012), To them we are only shadows (ata:digital, 2014), Loops, Cuts and Lost Clues Vol. 1 (ata:empire, 2016), and numerous EPs and singles in the past. Who needs a trip to Bristol, if you…

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East End Grrrls

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Words by Wim Van Hooste The review was originally printed in Reykjavík On Stage (Issue 4) One thing is clear about East Of My Youth: they have an impeccable literary taste. Their name comes from Jack Kerouac’s novel On The Road: I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future. The lyrics of ‘Lemonstars’ (a song unfortunately not featured on this début EP), were also inspired by a novel, Worldlight, by Halldór Laxness, Iceland’s Nobel Prize author. East of My Youth is a ladies’ duo consisting of lifelong…

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JFDR – Brazil

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Words by Bartek Wilk The review was originally printed in Reykjavík On Stage (Issue 4) I don’t know any other Icelandic artist who has been involved in so many different projects in the span of a year. Let’s see – first of all there was a new Samaris album. Although musically different from their previous releases and overtaken by Doddi, Black Lights couldn’t have been done without her lyrics and her very special voice (a voice that won her the 2016 Icelandic Music Award for best electronic album and best female singer). The trio is still one of the most…

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Sigur Rós Norður

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by Bartek Wilk Every musical fascination, like a distant journey, starts with a small step – an impulse that opens your eyes. You probably have your own story about such a musical journey. This is mine. It was 2 AM. The local radio station was about to finish its musical broadcast. The last song started. I heard sounds. I heard words, but I didn’t understand them; I didn’t even know what language I was hearing. I grabbed a pen and wrote down – not without errors – Svefn-g-englar. In the Internet search engine, I typed ‘Sigur Rós’ (this was years…

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Get ready for Mammút’s tornado

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Words by Stína Satanía The lights in the huge concert hall turned off. Five people dressed in black began their last show of the week at Iceland’s biggest music festival. The band on stage, Mammút, has been known on the local scene for their dark, melodic, post-punk style for over a decade. On that last night of Iceland Airwaves 2016, Mammút had the privilege of warming up for one of the biggest acts of the festival, PJ Harvey, and they presented brand new material from their upcoming (at the time) fourth album, Kinder Versions. The very first sounds I heard…

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