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Introducing… Lárus Sigurðsson

Sometimes it all just gets to be too much, doesn’t it? The walls closing in, life’s seemingly endless cacophony of instructions and tasks, status seeking and stresses. And then there’s Lárus Sigurðsson, whose ethereal, meditative music just is. Imagine a crystal clear lake in the still of winter, surrounded by stately trees covered with fresh snow, so quiet you can hear your heart beating. You feel your mind slowly come to a point of rest, devoid of civilization’s clutter. Serenity.


Being from Iceland, Sigurðsson knows a thing or two about clear bodies of water in the pristine stillness of winter. With his experimental ‘ambient guitar’ and homemade musical instruments, this talented composer and multi-instrumentalist creates a magical portal through which you can leave your reality for a little while. Step through the “Entry by the Wolf Door.”

Lárus Sigurðsson is a formally trained musician and artist. He studied classical guitar at the College of Music in Iceland, musical instrument making at Emerson College in the U.K., had art teacher training at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and studied Art Theory at the University of Iceland. He has released six albums, the latest of which is We Are Told That We Shine, just released on the Dutch label Volkoren. On it, he is joined by Ólafur Josephsson (electric guitar soundscapes), Fredrik Robertson Boulter and Laura Wolfgang (choir), Angel Welp (cello) and Claire Ouille (violin). It was mixed and mastered by Jan Borger. The album can be purchased at YouMakeMusic.com

Lárus Sigurðsson: bandcamp
Volkoren: facebook

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Introducing… Júniús Meyvant

After a funky beginning with jazz horns and shuffling percussion, Icelandic musician Júniús Meyvant (a.k.a. Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson) opens his mouth to sing, and it’s not what you’d expect. Instead of a Nordic growl conjuring Vikings of yore (his blond and bearded look fortifies this image), what issues forth is a smooth, retro ’70s soul vibe and some downright ethereal bits of falsetto. It’s jarringly wonderful.

This song of comfort and hope, ‘Neon Experience,’ was filmed in Stúdíó Sýrland Vatnagarðar near the harbor in Reykjavik for his Spotify Session. It comes from his debut album, ‘Floating Harmonies,’ which is due out on July 8, on Record Records. You can preorder a physical copy on Record Records’ site.

“Don’t let your mindset fool around
don’t let the whole world drag you down
new day will come, come around.”

– Neon Experience

The song reached 91,000 plays and charted at number 2 on Hype Machine. In his native Iceland, he won the Best Newcomer and Best Song Icelandic Music Awards and received nominations for Best Male Singer and Best Song. His music has been played on BBC Radio London, Radio X and Amazing Radio, and he has regularly toured around Europe. In the U.S., his debut single ‘Color Decay’ was chosen by KEXP’s programming director Kevin Cole as Song of the Year, with praise for his guitar playing, in addition to his singing. His music effortlessly melds authentic-sounding soul with folk and pop sensibilities.

For now, you’ll have to be in Europe to see a live performance. Júniús will be playing at London’s Bushstock festival with Dan Croll on June 18th, and is set to embark on a European tour beginning in September. See his official site for dates and details.

P.S. – Just released (5/17) is the official video for ‘Neon Experience,’ a fascinating ‘day in the life’ mini-documentary of an Icelander and his young son. A convincing tourism advertisement if I ever saw one!

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