Útidúr is an 8 (to 12) piece group from Iceland that plays joyous and ambitious chamber-pop with a dramatic streak. Although this charismatic crew is quite (midnight) sunny in attitude they also know their way through darker waters. Trace elements of Angelo Badalamenti, Beirut, Calexico and Ennio Morricone can be found in their system so fans of these should expose themselves to Útidúr in any way they deem appropriate.
Formed by guitarist/singer Gunnar Örn and keyboardist Kristinn Roach, Útidúr started churning out multifaceted songwriting that soon chain-reacted the project to mushroom into a ten strong bunch. The full posse now includes players of trumpet, violin, a second guitar and an accordion.
Útidúr’s debut album ‘This Mess We’ve Made’ was recorded at the Sigur Rós recording studio ‘Sundlaugin’ in the summer of 2010. The album is big in sound, featuring over 20 musicians, and you can expect a spacious blend of bipolar drama and sofa-sinking mellowness, all soaked in hook-laden pop sensibility.
The band released the mini-album ‘Detour’ in Iceland, April 2013.
On ‘Detour’ the band infuses electronic sounds with they otherwise acoustic soundscape the band usually works in.
Útidúr are currently recording and working on their next LP.
October 31, 2013
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