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Hjaltalín
Streaming Friday November 13th 
Live from Reykjavík by Iceland Airwaves
Hjaltalín
Streaming Friday November 13th 
Live from Reykjavík by Iceland Airwaves
Hjaltalín is essentially a group of talented friends. As high-school students when they started playing together, today they’re professional composers, producers, songwriters, performers, players (and a pilot!) who have made the band their labour of love for nearly fifteen years. They drew attention with their multi-part chamber-pop and became a huge crossover success with the release of their debut Sleepdrunk Seasons. Their second album Terminal proved a bigger hit again, winning ‘album of the year’ at the Icelandic Music Awards. Over the next couple of years, while the band dealt with the newly diagnosed bipolar disorder of frontman Högni Egilsson, the group recorded Enter 4 (2012). Sparer and darker album, it marked the height of Hjaltalín’s critical acclaim. So far.

The songs on their epynonymous fourth album, this year’s Hjaltalín, have gone through so many versions that they can be likened to small sculptures, slowly molded over the years. Each one a world unto itself, rich with detail, but coming together like statues in a garden. The best of the batch sound like they’ve been around for ages; they are weathered – classic.
Hjaltalín is essentially a group of talented friends. As high-school students when they started playing together, today they’re professional composers, producers, songwriters, performers, players (and a pilot!) who have made the band their labour of love for nearly fifteen years. They drew attention with their multi-part chamber-pop and became a huge crossover success with the release of their debut Sleepdrunk Seasons. Their second album Terminal proved a bigger hit again, winning ‘album of the year’ at the Icelandic Music Awards. Over the next couple of years, while the band dealt with the newly diagnosed bipolar disorder of frontman Högni Egilsson, the group recorded Enter 4 (2012). Sparer and darker album, it marked the height of Hjaltalín’s critical acclaim. So far.

The songs on their epynonymous fourth album, this year’s Hjaltalín, have gone through so many versions that they can be likened to small sculptures, slowly molded over the years. Each one a world unto itself, rich with detail, but coming together like statues in a garden. The best of the batch sound like they’ve been around for ages; they are weathered – classic.
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