Hjaltalin

Icelandic experimental pop...

Hjaltalín
With a song named 'Debussy' it’s no surprise that this Icelandic bassoon toting septet pretty much embody the age old elegance the legendary French pianist had in mind, albeit with a lot more bounce, mention of trees and instruments involved. Hailing from Reykjavik, front man and lead singer Högni in fact went to a British school in Brussels for many years of his life, perhaps explaining their ability to relate with a more worldwide audience. The band themselves have been friends since they were 16, and the orchestral loving seven-piece have had a close bond ever since. In securing the 2007 Icelandic Music Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Songwriter, their next challenge was to, in true Viking style, conquer Britain. They set about recording their best album to date, 'Sleepdrunk Seasons' released on Kimi Records, which they released in December 2008 and are now finding a growing love for with their baroque/folk/rollicking madness. In being picked by Huw Stevens of Radio 1 in early 2009 as hot new talent to watch out for in the compilation 'Music Sounds Better With Huw', it would seem they’re well on their way to doing so. Favourites on the 2009 festival circuit, playing Latitude and Reading to name but a few, they also took time to perform at places like the Manchester Deaf Institute, showing just how dedicated they are to becoming a success here; instead of complaining about the sadly depleted audience, they simply held an auction. With songs 'Traffic People' and 'Suitcase Man' set to be the next chapter to their success, it will certainly be interesting to see how the Icelandic Eco Warriers fare in a world far away from the glaciers of their hometown. MySpace

Members

Rebekka, Högni, Sigga, Viktor, Gummi, Axel and Hjörtur

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