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Árstíðir (Icelandic Independent)

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Biography

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ÁRSTÍÐIR redefine their sound and take an evolutionary quantum leap that will catapult the eclectic Icelandic band from a highly praised phenomenon at the fringe straight to the centre of international attention. ÁRSTÍÐIR were never an ugly duckling, but now their musical swan has emerged in its full glorious beauty on 'Nivalis'.

The Icelanders have never easily fit into any stylistic drawer and hence attracted a particular long list of attempts of a musical definition that ranges from indie rock via progressive rock, indie folk, chamber folk and pop, neo-classical to minimalism.

There is some truth in all these categories assigned to ÁRSTÍÐIR, but no single description entirely catches their overall sound entirely. Always something else is appearing that is adding and contradicting the first impression. Although everything said above about the band still remains true, new elements appear on 'Nivalis' that add up to a big change. One of these items can easily be identified as drums playing a much stronger role than it did on previous releases, which is a welcome side-effect of ÁRSTÍÐIR recently supporting label-mates SÓLSTAFIR on their extended European tour. Other changes are harder to specify, yet the Icelanders seem to have turned all those switches into the right direction – and not only due to a brilliant, crystalline, warm, and transparent production that perfectly brings together the dominant acoustic instruments with their electronic counterparts to evoke a fragile melancholy and embracing emotionality.

Those inevitable comparisons with fellow countrymen SIGUR RÓS will most likely not go away with 'Nivalis', although ÁRSTÍÐIR have clearly developed a style very much their own. Yet other parallels drawn about past references such as SIMON & GARFUNKEL or PENTANGLE are bound to make way to fresher and more recent names pointing way past the also previously mentioned RADIOHEAD.

ÁRSTÍÐIR emerged from the burgeoning Icelandic music scene in 2008, when the band's three founding members discovered their mutual love for vocal harmonies despite coming from different genres. Daniel, Gunnar and Ragnar quickly went from playing acoustic cover versions to leaving their own sonic footprint by amalgamating influences taken from different styles into something quite unique, which might tentatively be dubbed "Icelandic independent".

With early lyrical references pointing towards the spectacular nature and scenery of this volcanic island and the strongly contrasting moods of its seasons, the band took the name ÁRSTÍÐIR, which means "seasons" in Icelandic.

At home, the band experienced a fast rise. Only four months after its inception, ÁRSTÍÐIR had risen from performing in a coffee shop in Reykjavik to scoring a number one hit on national radio with the track "Sunday Morning".

The Icelanders published their self-titled debut, 'Árstíðir' in summer 2009, and while their home country was reeling from the market crash, the band's stocks went up. During the air traffic disrupting eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, ÁRSTÍÐIR embarked on their first international tour. Over the next years, the band stayed continuously on the road and gathered a dedicated fan base in more than 30 countries.

Their second album, 'Svefns Og Vöku Skil' followed in 2011 and, only a year later, the Icelanders won the prestigious Eiserner Eversteiner European Folk Music Award in Germany. While on the road in Germany in 2013, a friend of ÁRSTÍÐIR recorded an impromptu performance of the old Icelandic hymn, "Heyr Himna Smiður" in a train station, which went viral on YouTube and has attracted more than 6 million views to date. Backed by the interest sparked by this global hit, ÁRSTÍÐIR continued their head-lining tours and furthermore supported Swedish band PAIN OF SALVATION and Dutch vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen.

ÁRSTÍÐIR launched a highly successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014 to finance the recording of their third full-length 'Hvel', which translates as "spheres". Following the release, the band embarked on a first US tour that reached from coast to coast. A full collaboration with Anneke van Giersbergen followed in 2016. The 'Verloren Verleden' album contains a collection of re-imagined traditional and classical songs.

Now the Icelanders return with their fourth album. 'Nivalis' offers everything that followers of ÁRSTÍÐIR love, but with this stunning masterpiece the band transcends all limitations created by genre to appeal to any friend of great music!

Line-up

Name Instrument
Daniel Auðunsson Guitar, vocals
Gunnar Már Jakobsson Baritone guitar, vocals
Ragnar Ólafsson Piano, vocals

Releases Season of Mist

Som441

Árstíðir

General information
: Fri, Feb 08 2019
: Fri, Feb 08 2019
: Icelandic Independent
: SOM441
: available

Som440

Svefns og vöku skil

General information
: Fri, Feb 08 2019
: Fri, Feb 08 2019
: Icelandic Independent
: SOM440
: available

Som426

Nivalis

General information
: Fri, Jun 22 2018
: Fri, Jun 22 2018
: Icelandic Independent
: SOM426
: available

Som439

Hvel

General information
: Fri, Feb 23 2018
: Fri, Feb 23 2018
: Icelandic Independent
: SOM439
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Fri, Nov 29 2019 SE Gothenburg Musikens Hus A Special Holiday Event
Sat, Nov 30 2019 SE Malmö Plan B A Special Holiday Event
Sun, Dec 01 2019 DE Flensburg Flensborghus A Special Holiday Event
Mon, Dec 02 2019 NL Nijmegen Lux A Special Holiday Event
Tue, Dec 03 2019 NL Leeuwarden Neushoorn A Special Holiday Event
Wed, Dec 04 2019 NL Utrecht Tivoli Vredenburg A Special Holiday Event
Thu, Dec 05 2019 CH Zürich Stall6 A Special Holiday Event
Sat, Dec 07 2019 DE Cologne Studio 672 A Special Holiday Event
Sun, Dec 08 2019 DE Reutlingen Franz K A Special Holiday Event
Tue, Dec 10 2019 CH Martigny Caves du Manoir A Special Holiday Event
Wed, Dec 11 2019 CH Luzern Schüür A Special Holiday Event
Thu, Dec 12 2019 FR Strasbourg La Laiterie A Special Holiday Event
Fri, Dec 13 2019 AT Vienna Arena A Special Holiday Event
Sat, Dec 14 2019 CZ Vernerovice Soul Kostel A Special Holiday Event
Sun, Dec 15 2019 PL Warsaw Chmury A Special Holiday Event
Mon, Dec 16 2019 PL Krakow Gwarek A Special Holiday Event
Tue, Dec 17 2019 SK Kosice Tabacka Kulturfabrik A Special Holiday Event
Wed, Dec 18 2019 HU Budapest Dürer Kert A Special Holiday Event
Thu, Dec 19 2019 SK Bratislava Kulturák A Special Holiday Event
Fri, Dec 20 2019 DE Berlin Frannz Club A Special Holiday Event
Sat, Dec 21 2019 DE Dresden Schauburg A Special Holiday Event
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