Iceland Airwaves Day Five (11/9): Just Another Snake Cult

Saturday morning started off with a soak in what could be considered an eighth wonder of the world: the Blue Lagoon, a geothermic pool full of misty blue mineral water, heated from the inner earth. Icelanders say the water has healing powers: It was clear that the rumors were true as my head and body aches from the previous long night dissipated. The pools were surrounded by volcanic rock and Iceland’s rugged stone scenery accompanied by nearly blistering winds, but we found shelter in the natural hot tubs.

Just Another Snake Cult played three shows at Iceland Airwaves 2014, and after catching their last show at Kaffibarrin at 5 o’clock p.m. on Saturday night, the audience was bummed out to see them go after almost four days of performing. The instrumentation was both seen and unseen: Helga rested with a cello, or an acoustic guitar, which she also switched off to Thor, who sat in front of a keyboard. The indie-pop was experimental and lucidly psychedelic with layers of sound from a  marimba melody to a symphonic synthesizer.

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