Hurðaskellir Releases Debut Album: Door Sounds - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Hurðaskellir Releases Debut Album: Door Sounds

Published December 18, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
K-Fai Steele

The Seventh Yule Lad, Hurðaskellir (Door Slammer), will be launching his
new experimental electro-punk album “Door Sounds” at Kex Hostel tonight.

The album, co-produced by the energetic Ghostigital duo Einar Örn Benediktsson and Curver, features loops of doors slamming, hinges creaking, keys jingling and knobs turning over synths and a mix of dub and hip hop beats.

The album marks Hurðaskellir’s musical debut and has been met with generally positive reviews, the Grapevine’s music contributor Bob Cluness even went as far as saying that he “didn’t hate it.”

“I have been naturally attracted to rhythm for centuries,” said Hurðaskellir. “Last Christmas I was wandering around town looking for doors to slam and found myself drawn to a bar. Ghostigital were playing a gig and I really loved their style, this rambling semi-coherent musical consciousness. Anyway I got to talking to them after their set and we just hit it off and before the night was over we were planning this album.”

Hurðaskellir drew his inspiration from his long career of sneaking into houses and slamming doors at night to wake up unsuspecting homeowners.

“I guess you could call me the rebel of the Yule Lads, or not. I mean, whatever who cares,” said Hurðaskellir. “I’m not stealing or eating anything like the others, just you know, slamming doors and trying to foster a commentary of societal discontent through my music.”

If you or your family would like to meet Hurðaskellir, he will be making his annual visit to the National Museum of Iceland at 11 am today.

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