Guðmundur Úlfarsson, AKA Good Moon Deer, used to work as a designer here at the Grapevine, greatly enriching our little publication by lending his highly refined and disciplined visual aesthetic to our pages. When he was starting out, most of us were unaware that he also sought an outlet for his creative energy in music. However, upon seeing him on stage, the connection was astoundingly apparent. It’s hard to put into words, but Good Moon Deer’s music sounds almost exactly like you would imagine from observing Guðmundur’s approach to design (he specializes in fonts). In the artist’s hands, these two creative avenues almost directly mirror one another, the songs sometimes radiating an almost tangible visual quality, independent of whatever your eyes are trying to tell you. And this is entirely unrelated to the visual elements Guðmundur incorporates into his stage show.
Again, it’s hard to explain.
Upon learning that Guðmundur was planning an extra ambitious Good Moon Deer show for this year’s Airwaves – and having experienced how meticulously he plans and prepares for each and every performance – we thought it would be interesting to offer you readers a glimpse into his process. So we asked him to share how he’s preparing for his show. And he sent us the image below.
Good Moon Deer sounds like this, and you can see him at Harpa Norðurljós, Nov 6th at 20:50.
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Posted November 1, 2015