Saturday, July 30, 2016

Arstidir: New Music From The Land Of Fire And Ice

I listen to a lot of music from many genres. Done it all my life. Now and then the music is so impressive it begs to be shared. Therefore, when extraordinary musicianship, vocal and instrumental, meets notable arrangments and superb engineering, you will read about it here. The Icelandic indie-folk band, Arstidir, meets all the criteria. Even their website - a must visit - is an immediate indication that you're on an experiential edge. It is visually rich and generously full of music.

Cover of Arstidir's third album, Hvel, funded by a Kickstarter campaign

Arstidir is reaching out for a reason: although known in their home country and much of Europe, they're just breaking into the U.S. music scene having completed a national tour earlier this year. Their big break came when a video of their impromptu a capella performance of an ancient Iceland hymn at a train station in Wuppertal, Germany, went viral. So far it has almost 5.5 million views.

I can only say the music really reaches out and deep. If you feel the same way after listening to these two tracks from Hvel, follow through with your generous support for this band and their remarkable sound.

Here is a review of Arstidir's latest album, Verloren, Verleden, featuring the Dutch singer, Anneke van Giersbergen. 

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