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Latest news: Tue, Oct 16 2018, ÁRSTÍÐIR

Latest release: "Nivalis"

Release date: Fri, Jun 22 2018, US Fri, Jun 22 2018

ÁRSTÍÐIR have announced more European tour dates in December in support of their latest release 'Nivalis'. The "A Special Holiday Concert" run will start at the UT Connewitz in Leipzig (DE) on the 3rd of December and sees the band traveling through 6 more countries before a final curtain on the 20th of December at the Spielbaden in Dornbirn (AT).

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ÁRSTÍÐIR comment: "For ten years now we've been playing special holiday shows in the Fríkirkjan Church in Reykjavik, mixing our own material with traditional Icelandic Christmas songs that we arrange specifically for the occasion. This December we're bringing the show on the road in Europe! A lot of you have seen the YouTube recordings through the years and expressed the desire to one day experience this in person - and so we're super happy to finally be able to bring this show to you. See you in December!"

ÁRSTÍÐIR "A Special Holiday Concert"
03 Dec 18 Leipzig (DE) UT Connewitz
04 Dec 18 Helmond (NL) Cacao Fabriek
05 Dec 18 Hamburg (DE) Imperial Theater
08 Dec 18 Berlin (DE) Stummfilmkino Delphi
09 Dec 18 Reichenbach (DE) Altes Rathaus
10 Dec 18 Aschaffenburg (DE) Colosaal
11 Dec 18 Brno (CZ) Melodka
12 Dec 18 Bratislava (SK) Klub Kulturak
13 Dec 18 Budapest (HU) A38
14 Dec 18 Annaberg Bucholz (DE) Alte Brauerrei
15 Dec 18 Maastricht (NL) tba
15 Dec 18 Arnhem (NL) tba
16 Dec 18 Sneek (NL) Bolwerk
16 Dec 18 Amsterdam (NL) Paradiso Noord
17 Dec 18 Roeselare (BE) De Verlichte Geest
18 Dec 18 Thun (CH) Mokka
19 Dec 18 Zurich (CH) Ebrietas Bar
20 Dec 18 Dornbirn (AT) Spielbaden

ÁRSTÍÐIR will be playing in support of their newest release. 'Nivalis' can be ordered in various formats from the Season of Mist shop.

Join ÁRSTÍÐIR on their official Facebook page.

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

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
Tue, Nov 20 2018 PL Gdansk B90 +Solstafir
Wed, Nov 21 2018 PL Warsaw Progresja +Solstafir
Thu, Nov 22 2018 LT Vilnius Loftas +Solstafir
Fri, Nov 23 2018 LV Riga Melna Vilnius +Solstafir
Sat, Nov 24 2018 EE Tallinn Tapper +Solstafir
Thu, Nov 29 2018 SE Gothenburg Sticky Fingers +Solstafir
Fri, Nov 30 2018 NO Oslo Vulkan Arena +Solstafir
Sat, Dec 01 2018 DK Copenhagen Lille Vega +Solstafir
Mon, Dec 03 2018 DE Leipzig UT Connewitz
Tue, Dec 04 2018 NL Helmond Cacao Fabriek
Wed, Dec 05 2018 DE Hamburg Imperial Theater
Sat, Dec 08 2018 DE Berlin Stummfilmkino Delphi
Sun, Dec 09 2018 DE Reichenbach Altes Rathaus
Mon, Dec 10 2018 DE Aschaffenburg Colosaal
Tue, Dec 11 2018 CZ Brno Melodka
Wed, Dec 12 2018 SK Bratislava Klub Kulturak
Thu, Dec 13 2018 HU Budapest A38
Fri, Dec 14 2018 DE Annaberg Bucholz Alte Brauerrei
Sat, Dec 15 2018 NL Maastricht tba
Sat, Dec 15 2018 NL Arnhem tba
Sun, Dec 16 2018 NL Sneek Bolwerk
Sun, Dec 16 2018 NL Amsterdam Paradiso Noord
Mon, Dec 17 2018 BE Roeselare De Verlichte Geest
Tue, Dec 18 2018 CH Thun Mokka
Wed, Dec 19 2018 CH Zurich Ebrietas Bar
Thu, Dec 20 2018 AT Dornbirn Spielbaden
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