From Iceland — Hjaltalín



Published September 13, 2013

This is a band that recently reinvented itself to astounding acclaim in Iceland. With its first album in 2007, ‘Sleepdrunk Seasons,’ Hjaltalín started out doing what was then described as chamber pop, eventually rising to mainstream popularity in Iceland. Good reviews abroad followed, as well as tours and festivals around Europe. Things have evolved since then. The current musical style on their third album, ‘Enter 4,’ is largely electronic, and serious in nature, although there is still some light in the darkness. Classical influences still linger, but not as openly as on the previous record, as can be seen on the recent music videos from the album, which has received rave reviews from the Icelandic media. What used to be expansive, orchestral pop has been rethought, paving the way for cold blooded realism. This is also driven by Högni and Sigga’s expressive vocals alongside techno-influenced beats. Some of Hjaltalín’s staunchest fans insist that the group is best experienced live. The live set is all about energy, and open interpretation of the songs, which can drift into unplanned reveries or groove based improvisations, never the same two days in a row. Hjaltalín’s concerts are that true musical journey that live escapade is all about.

October 30, 2013
23:00 Reykjavík Art Museum

October 31, 2013
22:20 Harpa Silfurberg

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