From Iceland — Grapevine's Super Special Sónar Special, pt. 3: Samaris And Young Karin

Grapevine’s Super Special Sónar Special, pt. 3: Samaris And Young Karin

Published February 6, 2015

Grapevine’s Super Special Sónar Special, pt. 3: Samaris And Young Karin

In this third episode, Futuregrapher sits down to have some sensual coffee with very interesting people at Stofan Café. In this exclusive interview, Logi Pedro from Young Karin and Áslaug Rún from Samaris reveal some of their darkest secrets to the world. Ok, not really, but they tell stories, talk about Skrillex, Sonar and their music! Watch this Super Special Sonar Special episode, get excited about Sonar and go see those two bands play!

Samaris will be playing on Thursday 12th at 22:30 – 23:20 at Sonar Club (Presented by Síminn) And Young Karin will be playing on Friday 13th at 20:00 – 20:45 at the Sonar Hall.

And now, a little bit about the bands:

Young Karin was formed in 2013 after Logi Pedro Stefánsson and Karin Sveinsdóttir met at a high school song contest. Since then the imaginative, sample-infused pop music of the young duo has garnered praise from sites like DIY, UnderRadar and MTV, plus they also released a well received debut EP. The sound of Young Karin is influenced by modern day hip hop and avant-garde pop and has been compared to the finest Scandinavian art-pop.

Young Karin’s Soundcloud.

Combining disparate elements of electronics (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka ‘Doddi’), clarinet (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir) and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s enchanting voice, Samaris mix glacial electronica and bold, percussive beats with haunting chant-like vocals – the lyrics culled from nineteenth century Icelandic poems. “You could say the words have been delicately sewn together and in a way they already have their song, their own melody when you read them” suggests Áslaug. The overall effect is simultaneously ancient and modern – an ethereal sound filled with dark spaces and alien atmosphere.

Formed in 2011 in Reykjavik, within months Samaris had won both the Icelandic Músíktilraunir (past winners include the likes of Of Monsters and Men) and Kraumur Award. The groups’ performance at Iceland Airwaves in 2012, attracted the attention of Line Of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound and One Little Indian amongst many others.

Check out Samaris’s web site and Soundcloud.

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