Oct 25, 2013
With band members spending time between Tokyo, London and Reykjavík over the past three years, Icelandic pop ensemble Rökkurró have been meticulously expanding their luscious musical palette.
The success of Rökkurró’s previous studio effort Í Annan Heim (produced by Alex Somers of Jónsi fame) was largely unexpected. The album spent over 100 weeks in the Top-30 of the Icelandic charts, while gathering warm words from international media such as NME, Clash Magazine, KEXP Radio, The Line Of Best Fit and CMU Daily.
Three years on, Rökkurró are back in the studio, with a new record scheduled for early 2014. This time around, their partner in crime is the renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Helgi Hrafn Jónsson. “His ideas are fresh and we liked the fact that he chooses the artists he works with very carefully. We found out very soon that we shared a common vision for this project and that is really important,” explains singer Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir.
The first sample of their common work comes in the form of ‘Killing Time’, a three-minute, stripped-down piece of music that talks about “a person who feels young, but their body is failing them and how getting old is a misleading thing,” said Stefánsdóttir. “Our new sound has a few obvious changes. We have added more electronic elements. I have taken a break from the cello and have replaced it with a synthesizer. We also have two new members, Helga (piano) and Skúli (bass).”
‘Killing Time’ is also the band’s first song in English. “We wanted to try it out. When I was living in Japan, I was basically only speaking English and Japanese. I think it’s challenging and has a different feel to it - compared to what we've done before. But rest assured, we will do stuff in Icelandic again. We are really excited to be finally releasing new music,” enthused Stefánsdóttir.
‘Killing Time’ can be purchased here.
Sep 30, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
The Callas will play Germany's prime showcase Reeperbahn Festival on 27 September.
The first track from their forthcoming album 'Am I Vertical?' has just been premiered on Brooklyn Vegan. The album was produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) and will be released on 15 November on Inner Ear Records.
Sep 11, 2013
Last week saw Berlin Music Week take place for its fourth year, with 2500 delegates from across the music industry attending the WORD! Conference, and a further 5000 music fans joining them for the First We Take Berlin showcase festival. Checking in on the action and catching up with a few of the delegates and speakers was Vasilis Panagiotopoulos who wrote a report for CMU.
Apr 11, 2013
Now in its fifth year, the Tallinn Music Week festival and conference has been taking place annually in the Estonian capital since 2009. Having grown considerably in that time, this year’s speakers included former Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner and industry veteran Seymour Stein. Plus there were a whole host of live performances from artists both homegrown and from across Europe.
Vasilis Panagiotopoulos visited and spoke to some of the key figures from the event for CMU and wrote this report.
Jan 30, 2013
Baby Guru's recent shows at Europe's premiere music showcase Eurosonic Noorderslag received enthusiastic reviews by a number of international media. Here's a selection of press quotes:
"As if The Doors had babies with MGMT or Can .. they should make a lot of followers in the coming months." - Les Inrocks (FR)
"It's not every day that you get to hear a Greek band. And if you completely blow your socks, you can definitely call it a surprise." - Focus Knack (BE)
"Baby Guru's mixed drink is fresh and you would like to have more!" - Gaffa (SE)
"Great nervous psychedelic synths... we’re looking forward to the band’s forthcoming album!" - Indie Fuzz (NL/CA)
"Baby Guru are doing quite well! Their singer / keyboardist has a voice that can not be forgotten. " - Moustique (BE)
"A delectable cocktail!" - La Lible (BE)
Nov 27, 2012
Oscillate, who is responsible for Inner Ear Records' international relations, negotiated on behalf of the popular Greek label distribution deals with Rough Trade and V2 Benelux. From 2013 onwards, Inner Ear’s releases will be distributed throughout Europe via V2 Records in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and via Rough Trade for the rest of the continent. The partnership will start off with the European release of Baby Guru’s brilliant new album 'Pieces’.
Nov 12, 2012
Oscillate attended last week the You Are In Control conference. Immediately following the Iceland Airwaves festival, You Are In Control takes place in Reykjavík, Iceland each November. Looking at the digital future of the arts, the conference had its fifth outing earlier this month.
Vasilis Panagiotopoulos sat in on this year’s music industry-focussed panels and debates for CMU and wrote this report.
Nov 12, 2012
German blog Nothing But Hope And Passion premiered the band's video for the track 'Restless Beach' by describing it: "mysterious and mind-blowing," while Berlin-based tastemakers Nordic By Nature praised Broke's "rough-sounding" music.
Popular electronic music blog Pink-Pong enthousiastically admitted that Broke: "managed to create an uncompromising blend of relentless beats and futuristic phychedelia by an ingenious combination of hi-tech equipment with lo-fi aesthetics and trashy effects. I totally recommend to download that mixtape!"
The video was also prominently featured on Germany's biggest music portal Intro.de.
Oct 16, 2012
Oscillate-managed ethereal Icelandic ensemble Rökkurró are delighted to announce a series of comeback shows during Iceland Airwaves 2012, following a 1,5 year-long hiatus due to Hildur's stay in Japan:
Thursday 1 November @ 17:30 - In-store gig at 12 Tónar
Friday 2 November @ 17:00 - Reykjavík Downtown Hostel
Saturday 3 November @ 13:00 - The Nordic House (acoustic show)
Saturday 3 November @ 20:00 - Harpa/Norðurljós (official Airwaves show)