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Iceland Airwaves Day Three (11/7): DIMMA, Þhorir Georg, Kajak, Berndsen (Review)

Þhorir Georg

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Genre-fusing Þhorir Georg kicked off the Friday night performances at Ið in a three-piece rock group, starting off with a low and somewhat soothing sound of fuzzy guitar and vocals. This was complemented by their calm and collected stage presence, but the excitement was still hinted at through subtle smiles during songs. By the second song, the charge kicked into the music, dominated mostly by the heavy percussion.

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Iceland Airwaves Day Four: Alunageorge, Kimono, Árni2, Kajak (11/2)

After John Grant‘s sarcastic lyrical experience, it was time for the much-anticipated AlunaGeorge at Harpa Silfurberg.

This British electric pop duo, consisting of the beautiful Aluna Fransis on vocals and the production stylings of George Reid, has been popping out a lot of hits the past year.  Surprisingly the venue was relatively empty at first, but sure enough by the third song the place got packed.  Their live show certainly did not disappoint.  With upbeat electric backings and a well-honed stage presence, this act was fun to watch as well as dance to.  The performance truly went off without a hitch and will probably be one of the most concise acts playing at Iceland Airwaves this year.

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*AlunaGeorge

After some heavy grooving at AlunaGeorge, I ran over to catch Kimono at Harlem.  This three-piece indie rock band had phenomenal driving drums, which is probably their strongest suit.  It was interesting to see a bass guitar played with a big wooden stick.  If you go to this show it is a possibility that a complete stranger will come up to you and suck on your earlobe for a song or two, and maybe even bite you on the shoulder.

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*Kimono

At the end of the night I flew across the street to Amsterdam to see Árni2, because who doesn’t need some more deep house in their lives?

The DJ group consisting of Árni Valur and Árni Grétar (of Futuregrapher) hits you hard right in the face with the classic low booming bass of the deep house genre against a backdrop of minimalist ambiance and trance-like arpeggios.  It was a very intimate show and when the concert goers weren’t dancing, they were shaking hands and bumping knucks with the two performers.  This show was a lot of fun and everyone was getting down.

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*Árni2

The next morning we all pried ourselves from our warm beds after only a few hours of sleep to go on Iceland’s renowned Golden Circle Tour.  We saw geysers, trenches, rivers, waterfalls, and I even climbed a mountain!

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*Atop a mountain on the Golden Circle Tour

After months of trading emails with Moni and Hreinn, it was time to see Kajak at Harlem and I had very high hopes for this group.  They came through with flying colors.  This band has almost no definable genre and are innovative and unlike anything you will hear at Airwaves, or anywhere else for that matter.  Instrumentation of this band included great beats produced on a drum machine, a synthesizer, and an Indian Tabla drum.  The cousin’s dual vocals, high energy, and earthly visualization make this group a blast to see, especially in an intimate setting like Harlem.

After the show I got a chance to speak with Kajak backstage and set up an interview at Harpa to get some insight on where their totally unique songs come from.  Stay tuned for a preview of what is to come from this interview clip.

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*Backstage with Hreinn (Right)  and Moni (Left) of Kajak

That’s all from Andrew on this very long yet amazing day at Iceland Airwaves ’13.

ICYMI: Listen To WCRX’s Iceland Airwaves 2013 Preview Show With Icelandic Music And Culture Stories

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We’re en route to Iceland! Follow Columbia students’ journey on the ground, which begins October 30, on the Iceland Airwaves 2013 blog.

WCRX 88.1 FM hosted a two-hour special Iceland preview show to highlight stories about the country’s rich culture and history. Host Brendan Taylor sat down with three students from Columbia College Chicago‘s “Covering International Festivals: Iceland” class to talk about the short audio pieces that the class put together in addition to playing songs from artists that will be performing at the 2013 Iceland Airwaves Festival. Here are a few of the bands that were played during the two-hour show: Hymnalaya, Dikta, Boogie Trouble, Asgeir, Lay Low, Nolo, Kajak, Apparat Organ Quartet, Borko, and Halleluwah.

Also included in the two-hour special were six preview pieces showcasing different parts of Icelandic culture, ranging from literature to Norse mythology to films to food. Click on the links below to listen to the show in its entirety.

Hour 1 of Iceland Preview Show:

Hour 2 of Iceland Preview Show: