Did I mention I went to Iceland? It seems it’s the only thing I’ve been able to talk about for the last few weeks. In between hopping around glaciers, waterfalls, and volcanoes in search of the Hidden People, I got the chance to see some spectacular music at Iceland Airwaves Festival.
One of my favorite discoveries from the week was actually something of a rediscovery. Hjaltalín are stalwarts of the Icelandic music scene and have produced a wonderfully eclectic collection of releases over the past few years. Fronted by vocalists Högni Egilsson and Sigríður Thorlacius, the group has become renowned for a fascinatingly singular sound, which somehow finds the perfect balance between lo-fi electronica and musical theater. Their output is as much shoegaze as it is show-tunes.
“We Will Live For Ages” is one of their more recent offerings, and is one of the most electrifyingly euphoric tracks I’ve heard in my little lifetime. Set to bouncing bass and rolling percussion, the lyrics seem to reflect upon two types of experiences – the ones you’ve had and learned from, and the ones you’re yet to have – being at once pained and joyous. Egilson’s voice transmits a searing honesty and is perfectly complemented by the soaring, operatic vocals of Thorlacius.
See this as an introduction to your new favourite band. You’re welcome.