Iceland Airwaves Day Three (11/7): Disa, Snorri Helgason, Védís Hervör (Review)

Day two wrapped up with a pleasantly surprising performance from Disa.  She opened her late Thursday night show with “Sculpture,” the first single off her upcoming EP.  Like the rest of her music, the song was dark and experimental with heavy bass backing her big voice.  She knew how to use the stage and kept the show visually appealing through her movements.  Disa’s closing performance of “Sun” showed off her striking vocal range and harmonic abilities.

Snorri Helgason‘s Friday night performance sounded good, but the performance was underwhelming.  Helgason has recently become a full band, which in theory should add a fuller dynamic to the music, but it didn’t.

 Helgason’s American folk influences could be heard in the twangy guitar riffs and lyrics that were shaped to tell a story.  From a musical standpoint the songs sounded great, but the performance lacked energy.  The dim lighting of the Fríkirkjan church mix with the soothing sounds made the performance feel like a Sunday sermon instead of a festival show.

Love was the theme of the night for Védís Hervör. Everything from making love to losing love to wanting and finding love was addressed in the band’s pop jazz set. The intimacy of the show made it easy for the band to interact with the crowd. Lead singer Védís Hervör Árnadóttir took an audience picture and encouraged everyone to tag themselves on Facebook, which would result in a free album.

 

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