Remember the Icelandic indie-folk band that took the internet by storm in 2013 with an a cappella performance of Kolbeinn Tumason’s 13th century poem “Heyr himna smiður” at a train station in Wuppertal, Germany? Yeah, that band. They are called Árstíðir and guess what—we’re giving you their new track “Friðþæging” (which translates to “Atonement”) from their brand new album ‘Hvel’. With its enticing guitar plucking, soft vocals and dramatic violin and piano, the song quickly pulls you in and keeps you hooked with its aesthetically pleasing and well-arranged instrumental segments, punctuating lyrics about existential anxiety and spiritual awakening. Give it a listen, and then go catch Árstíðir perform on March 6 at 22:00, at Café Rosenberg, where they’ll be playing music from ‘Hvel’ along with some choice older cuts.
Download it here (right-click link and save as).