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Var In The Land Of Cherry Blossoms

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Post-rock band VAR’s debut album, which is filled with sonic, emotional and delicate musical landscapes, was actually released first in Japan and subsequently in their homeland. Therefore, it is not surprising that the band travelled almost 9,000 kilometres one way to greet their Japanese fans. In the following, bass player Egill Björgvinsson talks about the adventure in the Land of Cherry Blossoms and the feedback that Japanese listeners gave to the band.

How did you get the opportunity to go on tour in Japan?

We had released our album Vetur in Japan on Rimeout Recordings in December 2016, and we were asked the following autumn if we would be interested in coming over for a tour at the end of 2017. When an opportunity like that knocks on the door, it’s really hard to say no, and for us it was a no-brainer.

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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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