As yet another Iceland Airwaves festival approaches (this one a little later in the year, November 6 – 9), indie aficionados can again look forward to a knowingly curated lineup of international faves – Cautious Clay, Shame, The Howl & The Hum – as well as the cream of Iceland’s endlessly incomparable music scene.
One of the latter is Hugar, the ethereal duo of instrumentalists Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson. We had actually raved about them earlier this year, upon the release of their captivating single “Saga” – and now BlackBook has the privilege of premiering their astonishing video for the hypnotic new track “Grandi.” It’s a haunted journey through a possible future environmental apocalypse, and we can only hope the end of the world looks so spectacular.
“‘Grandi’ is the final installment of a series of videos we did with Máni Sigfússon,” Þórisson explains. “We explore the relationship between humans and the environment if we were to carry on our path. Set in a dystopian world where circumstances have escalated to a point of no return, we follow a group of humans trying to protect and shield themselves while leaving the environment unprotected and unshielded. Taking their first steps towards discovering the truth that lies ahead.”
The track itself builds from a contemplative stillness to a chill inducing atmospheric grandiosity, with a sonically haunted quality that recalls both Sigur Ros and Thom Yorke.
As for Iceland Airwaves, Hugar’s performance can be expected to be a particular highlight again, it it has been the past two years.
Jónsson enthuses, “It’s always a really special occasion for the Icelandic music scene and for us. Everybody goes all in. We will be performing a special show and it’s always exciting to play in Iceland since almost all of our shows are abroad.”