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Sónar Reykjavík 1: Icelandic Souls

Author: Lluís Panadés Julià

Section: MUSIC

Date: 03.2013

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Sónar : “The festival has regularly travelled beyond Spain’s frontiers since 2002, with more than 30 events in different places around the world, adapting the Sónar philosophy to unique venues and environments, and highlighting the most interesting homegrown talent and the scene in the city where it takes place”.

This year Sónar has taken its know-how and exquisite palate to Iceland’s capital Reykjavík.

Iceland is the most sparsely populated state in Europe. It has 320,000 inhabitants and 103,000 km2, about three inhabitants per square km. It is a popular travel destination due to its wild nature and spectacular beauty. Hot springs, black sand beaches, northern lights, geysers and active volcanoes make this island a mystic and mysterious paradise. In recent years it has also been protagonist for a severe financial crisis and for what is said to be the world’s first crowdsourced constitution.

Regarding the music scene, Iceland is currently one of the most interesting places for alternative music and source of many new indie bands. It is really impressive how many musicians this tiny country can produce as well as the quality, variety and originality of its styles.

What does this magic island has to do with this increasing and innovative musical productivity? Is it something spiritual? Natural? Historic? Political? Even though this is a gum that has already been very chewed (there is even a documentary about it), often by those who point out to the cliche idea of Iceland’s beauty and natural environment as the reason of this creativity, we still found it tasty and fresh enough to make another bubble and look for more theories in the first edition of Sónar Reykjavík. We caught up with three of our favorite Icelandic bands that represent this stylistic variety and asked them about this and other questions.

Stephan Stephensen aka President Bongo from the band GusGus, the Icelandic kings of electronic music; Sóley Stefansdottir known as Sóley, an Icelandic dark fairy tale princess who sings little romantic dark stories with a lovely melancholic voice; and Sindri Mar Sigfusson from Sin Fang, a musical geyser of imagination, creativity and lo-fi folk pop.

 

 

GUSGUS

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SÓLEY

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SIN FANG

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We highly recommend you to check out some other great Icelandic acts who played at the fest over the 2 days:

 

GHOSTIGITAL

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BLOODGROUP

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ÁSGEIR TRAUSTI

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JACK MAGNET QUINTET

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YAGYA

Yagya

 

+ info_ Sónar Reykjavík 2013

Video + Photo + Text_ Lluís Panadés Julià

 

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