- Thursday - The WiMP Tent
- Friday - Crossroad Club
This is a band who recently reinvented itself to astounding acclaim in Iceland. With their first album in 2007, “Sleepdrunk Seasons”, Hjaltalín started out doing what was then described as chamber pop, eventually rising to mainstream popularity in Iceland. Good reviews abroad followed, as well as tours and festivals around Europe.
Things have evolved since then. The current musical style on their third album, “Enter 4”, is largely electronic, and serious in nature, although there is still some light in the darkness. Classical influences still linger, but not as openly as on the previous record, as can be seen on the recent music videos from the album, which has received rave reviews from the Icelandic media. What used to be expansive, orchestral pop has been rethought, paving the way for cold blooded realism. This is also driven by Högni and Sigga’s expressive vocals alongside techno-influenced beats.
Some of Hjaltalín’s most loyal fans insist that the group is best experienced live. Their live set is all about energy, and open interpretation of the songs, which can drift into unplanned reveries or groove based improvisations, never the same two days in a row. A Hjaltalín concert is that true musical journey that live music is all about.
Reviews of “Enter 4”:
“This is one of the most extraordinary albums I’ve ever heard. A masterpiece” – The Sunday Times
“A troubled soul channels his demons into a minor masterpiece” – Clash 8/10
“Moving return. A personal, affecting album” – Mojo 4/5
“Has a sense of cathartic, liberating joy” – Q 4/5
“Not only have they made the best Icelandic album of 2012 by a country mile, they’ve gone and created a record that’s probably one of the most searingly bleak and honest record from an Icelandic group in what feels like…forever?” Best album – The Reykjavík Grapevine Awards
“10/10” – Icelandic National Radio