Iceland Airwaves 2019, Day 4

This is our first Airwaves since the festival was shortened to four days. It seems weird to be heading out on Saturday night and knowing “this is it”.

We opted to pass on the big closing show at Valshöllin, opting instead for a more low-key evening. We started with Hermigervill‘s early evening set at Lucky Records. We’ve been to a ton of shows there in the past, but this was the first time we’ve seen people dancing and grooving and Herigervill bombarded us with his funky beats. As an added bonus he trotted out a pair of jams he’d performed the other night with the early 1980s synth act The Magnetics, which was super cool.

From there we headed to Hressingarskálinn, aka Hressó, where we caught the tail end of Sunna Fridjons set while settling in for the band we were there to see, :PAPERCUTZ, Bruno Miguel’s project that this time saw him performing with a female vocalist. Their set was low key and fun, though the PA did give them a few problems here and there. After that was local electronic artist Einar Indra and his unique approach, one that is sometimes freed from the constraints of traditional song structures to provide something both atmospheric and environmental, yet also neither at the same time. It’s hard to explain with words (clearly) and it definitely holds your attention. Last up, at least for us, was Danish musician/DJ/singer/performer Lydmor. Artists take risks when they get on stage and do something that’s way different that what others are doing, and often it fails flat. Honestly that’s what I thought was going to happen as Lydmor’s set opened, but she reeled me back in with a performance that was both familiar and unpredictable, her approach seemingly changing instantly and leaving you constantly wondering what was coming next. I’m not entirely sure how this will translate to a non-visual album, but I’ll be checking out her stuff when we get back to the states.

And after a late-night hot dog (left)… it’s over. At least the official festival is done. We still have one more full day in the city to catch up with friends, and to try to figure out how I’m going to get all these records, tapes, and CDs home…

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