Iceland Airwaves Preview: Atónal Blús Interview (Listen)

Tune in to WCRX 88.1 FM or on Oct. 27, beginning at 7 p.m., for a student preview of Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and Icelandic culture. Here is one of the preview stories. On Nov. 4, students enrolled in the Radio Department’s Covering International Festivals: Iceland course will travel to Iceland to cover the fest and more. Follow their journey here.

Their name translates to exactly what it sounds like: atonal blues. Atónal Blús isn’t actually a blues band, but frontman Gestur Guðnason chose the moniker because it reflects a “musical paradox.” While blues is rooted in a specific key, the term ‘atonal’ means quite the opposite. Listeners can find an unexpected contrast in Atónal Blús’ sound, which utilizes a rare blend of ancient folk and electrified rock.

Before you catch Atónal Blús for their Thursday night set at Airwaves, learn a little about the formation of their debut album, Höfuðsynd, including how they created their unique sound and the backstory for their album cover. Plus, you’ll get to hear Guðnason’s impressions of musical instruments.

(The musical tracks featured in the clip are listed in the order they appear: “Lítið Ljón”, “Apolelegy”, and “Svartur Köttur og Pardus Bleik”. Stream them in full on Atónal Blús’ Bandcamp.)

Atónal Blús will be playing Airwaves at IÐNÓ on Thursday, November 6th at 8 p.m. GMT.


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