Catching the last two thirds of VAR on the final night of Airwaves, the newly formed Icelandic rockers paced their way through some of their self titled material. Myrra’s lead vocals seemingly expanded the intimate Gaukurinn. Each song expanded slowly from soft ambient tones into rolling vocals mixed in with cascading percussion. Continue reading Iceland Airwaves Day Five (11/09): VAR, ghostigital, Rökkurró (review)
My skin feels smooth as a baby’s bottom after swimming in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, located about a half hour outside Reykjavìk. It’s a natural swimming pool filled with minerals that are really good for your skin, and it’s heated by geothermal energy below the Earth’s surface. Maybe the coolest part though is how it’s located in the middle of a lava field. As the bus got closer to the lagoon, it became rockier and rockier until, no exaggeration, it eventually looked like we had landed on Mars. Visually, Iceland’s practically an interstellar experience.
Var performed an emotional set at Gaukurinn Sunday night. Most of it was slow and ambient, but at times the band blew up, playing as hard as it could. Exploding drums really grabbed everyone by the throat in those moments, because it was such a contrast to how most of the set sounded.