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Hjaltalín Enter 4 (2012)

 Hjaltalín — Enter 4

Hjaltalín — Enter 4
Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Album release: December 2012
Record Label: Sena
Duration:     47:32
Tracks:
1. Lucifer/He Felt Like a Woman      (5:35)
2. Forever Someone Else      (6:14)
3. I Feel You      (4:02)
4. Crack in a Stone      (4:10)
5. On The Peninsula      (3:54)
6. Letter to (...)      (5:26)
7. Myself      (3:40)
8. We      (7:48)
9. Ethereal      (6:39)
Current members:
Axel Haraldsson - Drums
Guðmundur Óskar Guðmundsson - Bass
Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson - Keyboards
Högni Egilsson - Vocals & guitar
Rebekka Bryndís Björnsdóttir - Bassoon
Sigríður Thorlacius - Vocals
Viktor Orri Árnason - Violin
Cover:
Art Director: Sigurður Oddsson (http://www.siggiodds.com)
Co-art direction: Geir Helgi Birgisson (www.geirhelgi.com)
Photography: Héðinn Eiríksson
Model: Teitur Magnússon
Website: http://hjaltalinmusic.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/hjaltalinband
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hjaltalinband
Press contact: Stone Immaculate - stone@stoneimmaculate.co.uk
Reservé agent: Pitch & Smith - stefan@pitchandsmith.com
Main manager: Steini Helgi Arnsteinsson - management@hjaltalinmusic.com    /// Art direction and design for Hjaltalín's third studio album, Enter 4. The photo series is inspired by the idea of imperfect representations of ethereal ideas. Plato's analogies of the divided line and the cave inspired a legend or map, outlining the concepts behind the album. 
Hjaltalín is an Icelandic band that has published two albums and enjoys a wide following in their homeland. Their second album, Terminal, was chosen as the album of the year at the 2010 Icelandic music awards. They have also played throughout Europe, most notably in Roskilde and Latitude festivals (2009) and at the Sziget festival (2010).
History:
"The band Hjaltalín began as a one-act thing in the music scene of MH, a Reykjavík gymnasium (in 2004) that is renowned for harboring musicians. Things have evolved since then, personnel changed, and the band has actually changed course regarding musical styles in the meantime, although the band is certainly hard to categorize with influences ranging from modern indie rock to 60’s pop music to classical music."
Hjaltalín er íslensk hljómsveit sem hefur gefið út tvær breiðskífur, Sleepdrunk Seasons árið 2007 og Terminal árið 2009. Platan Terminal var valin poppplata ársins 2009 á Íslensku tónlistarverðlaununum.
Hljómsveitin var stofnuð í Menntaskólanum í Hamrahlíð, haustið 2004, í tengslum við lagakeppni MH, Óðrík algaula. Tveimur árum síðar var hljómsveitin í dægurmálaþættinum Kastljósi, sem rokk-kvartett með fjórum klassískum hljóðfærum. Næsti stóri viðburður sveitarinnar var Icelandic Airwaves 2006 og hafði þá söngkonan Sigríður Thorlasius gengið til liðs við hljómsveitina.
Meðlimir sveitarinnar:
1. Axel Haraldsson trommuleikari
2. Guðmundur Óskar Guðmundsson bassaleikari
3. Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson hljómborðsleikari
4. Högni Egilsson söngvari og gítarleikari
5. Rebekka Bjarnadóttir ásláttarhljóðfæri, blásturshljóðfæri
6. Sigríður Thorlacius söngvari
7. Viktor Orri Árnasson fiðluleikari
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¶  “A touch Arcade fire but more interesting, vocals are stunning, instrumentation is awesome. Joyous and gentle. Big colourful band to fall in love with. Soul, classical. Classoul.” – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
¶  Hjaltalín is an Icelandic group. Their music spawns many categories and is hard to categorize, but the term chamber-pop has been used quite frequently in that respect. The group was founded in 2004, when a handful of students decided to take part in a songwriting competition. After that, the group decided to continue and went through changes of line-up and various experiments with styles. A turning point came in the autumn of 2006 when the group was offered to give a performance at the main talk show of the Icelandic national television. Hjaltalín took in 4 new members and their blend of "chamber pop" was born: aided by a violin, bassoon, clarinet and cello. The original members, who had persisted, the whole time, were Axel Haraldsson on drums, Guðmundur Óskar Guðmundsson on bass, Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson on keyboards, Högni Egilsson, guitar and vocals. A gig at the Iceland Airwaves festival later that year introduced the female vocalist, Sigríður Thorlacius.
¶  After the success of Goodbye July/Margt að ugga on Icelandic radio, the group went to the studio and recorded their debut album, Sleepdrunk Season. Its release in late 2007 sparked nationwide attention and the group acquired the "best hope" award at the Icelandic Music award ceremony, and Högni was chosen as the best songwriter. Hjaltalín got their first mega-hit in Iceland when they released a cover version of the song "Þú komst við hjartað í mér", which had appeared on an album by local pop musician, Paul Oscar. The song became very popular and ended up as the most popular song of 2008 in Iceland.
¶  At the same time, the group began to play abroad. The year of 2009 was largely spent on tours all around Europe, including Latidude and Roskilde festivals, and tours in the UK, Germany and Scandinavia. In the summer of 2009, the band began recording their second album, Terminal, which features 7 members of Hjaltalín, Axel, Guðmundur, Hjörtur, Högni, Rebekka (bassoon), Sigríður and Viktor (violin). The album features, amongst other things, a large orchestra, and expanded the sound of the group substantially. Terminal was an instant chart topper in Iceland and was chosen as  the album of the year at the Icelandic music awards, and Sigríður was chosen as the singer of the year. In june 2010, Hjaltalín and the Icelandic Symphony orchestra played 3 sold out concerts in Reykjavík. Currently, the group is preparing the release of Terminal in Europe and a large European tour in September, organized to coincide with that release.
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¶  Hljómsveitin Hjaltalín var stofnuð í  Menntaskólanum við Hamrahlíð haustið 2004 í tengslum við lagasmíðakeppni nemendafélagsins, Óðrík algaula. Hjaltalín fékkst við margvíslega tónlist framan af og gekk í gegnum þó nokkrar mannabreytingar. Um haustið 2006 var hljómsveitinni boðið að koma fram í Kastljósi Ríkissjónvarpsins og samanstóð þá hljómsveitin af hefðbundnum rokk-kvartett  og fjórum klassískum hljóðfærum. Högni Egilsson söng og lék á gítar, Guðmundur Óskar Guðmundsson á bassa, Axel Haraldsson á trommur og Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson lék á hljómborð, Rebekka Bryndís Björnsdóttir spilaði á fagott, Viktor Orri Árnason á fiðlu, Grímur Helgason á klarinett og Þorbjörg Daphne Hall á selló. Hljómsveitin kom fram á Iceland Airwaves-hátíðinni seinna sama haust og fékk þá til liðs við sig söngkonuna Sigríði Thorlacius og var þá hljómsveitin fullskipuð. Eftir að lagið Goodbye July / Margt að ugga hlaut óvænta athygli á öldum ljósvakans fór hljómsveitin inn í hljóðver og tók upp frumburð sinn, plötuna Sleepdrunk Seasons. Platan kom út síðla árs 2007 og hlaut góðar undirtektir gagnrýnenda og hlustenda. Sveitin var valin bjartasta vonin á Íslensku Tónlistarverðlaununum árið 2008 og Högni útnefndur lagahöfundur ársins. Sumarið 2008 tók hljómsveitin upp tökulagið Þú komst við hjartað í mér, sem komið hafði út á plötu Páls Óskars þá um jólin. Lagið varð geysivinsælt á stuttum tíma og varð þegar upp var staðið vinsælasta lag ársins 2008.
¶  Á sama tíma var hljómsveitin farin að þreifa fyrir sér erlendis. Næsta ár fór að miklu leyti í tónleikaferðir erlendis en um mitt ár 2009 hófst sveitin handa við upptökur á annarri breiðskífu sinni sem hlaut að lokum nafnið Terminal og kom út fyrir jólin 2009. ¶  Að þeirri plötu standa núverandi meðlimir Hjaltalín, þau Högni, Guðmundur, Axel, Hjörtur, Viktor, Rebekka og Sigríður. Terminal hlaut góðar viðtökur og var valin plata ársins á íslensku tónlistarverðlaunum auk þess sem Sigríður var útnefnd rödd ársins. Hjaltalín vinnur nú að útgáfu Terminal í Evrópu og hyggst fylgja henni eftir með tónleikahaldi í sumar og haust.
Members:
Axel Haraldsson – Drums
Gudmundur Óskar Gudmundssson – Bass
Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhansson – Piano/Keyboard
Högni Egilsson – Singer/Guitar
Rebekka Bryndís Björnsdóttir – Bassoon/Percussions
Sigrídur Thorlacius – Singer
Viktor Orri Árnason – Violin
Reviews:
Terminal:
¶  “This is an album that is just so big it pushes at the seams and attempts to engulf the atmosphere. It demands that you give it your full and undivided attention.” Artrocker ****
¶  “None of it should work, but it does, thrilingly so. This is electrifying, edge-of-the-seat stuff.” Sunday Times ****
¶  “Iceland takes disco-soul for a romp up Broadway.” Mojo ****
¶  “Hjaltalín manage to make their outré compatriots  – Sigur Rós, Múm, Björk – look a little mundane…” Uncut
¶  “After 2008’s swoonsome debut, Reykjavík’s classically-trained Hjaltalín have unleashed their inner beast on this follow-up. ‘Terminal’…seethes with joyous disregard for protocol or constraint.” Clash 8/10
Sleepdrunk Seasons:
¶  “a wonderful album. They are that rare thing: a band who arrive unheralded, unknown, and ensnare you instantly. Sleepdrunk Seasons sounds as if it was made for one reason only: to revel in the joy of making music.” – The Sunday Times
¶  “swirling operatic sound….snuggly blissful shuffle.” – NME
¶  “What makes Hjaltalin ooze with potential, and more importantly, sound nothing like any of their revered countrymen at all is their unflinching knack at being able to craft both winsome pop tunes alongside audaciously experimental arrangements with seemingly effortless ease.” – Drowned in Sound
¶  “This is playful, frisky music that sounds like an endless summer night among friends, sliding from euphoria to melancholy and back again, lush with longing and promise. If the richness at times threatens to overwhelm, then the singing of Hogni Egilsson provides the grit that produces the pearl.” – Guardian
¶  “The Icelandic collective’s UK debut is cheeky and breezy – like fresh air in London, like the sound of the morning thaw” – Plan b
MANAGER Steini Arnsteinsson management@hjaltalinmusic.com
BOOKING Stefan Juhlin stefan@pitchandsmith.com
PRESS Chris Stone stone@stoneimmaculate.co.uk
PRESS (GAS//Scandinavia) Baldvin Esra Einarsson kimirecords@kimirecords.com
PRESS (France) Benjamin Caschera benjamin@almost-musique.com
BAND hjaltalinband@gmail.com

 © Högni Egilsson

 © Poznan, Malta Festival, 2011

 © Colours of Ostrava

 © •  Hjaltalín með Sigríði Thorlacius í broddi fylkingar geta sannarlega glaðst yfir uppskeru kvöldsins.
Tónlistarmenn skiptu bróðurlega á milli sín Íslensku tónlistarverðlaununum 2009 sem veitt voru við hátíðlega athöfn í Íslensku óperunni í kvöld.
•  Hjaltalín hlaut verðlaun fyrir bestu poppplötu ársins, Terminal, og sveitin Feldberg þótti eiga besta lagið, Dreamin´. Enn fremur var Sigriður Thorlacius, söngkona Hjaltalín, valin rödd ársins og Davíð Þór Jónsson var valinn tónlistarflytjandi ársins fyrir fjölþreifni til hljóðfæra. Þá fékk Daníel Bjarnason tvenn verðlaun á hátíðinni, fyrir tónverk ársins, Bow to string, og sem höfundur ársins fyrir tónverkin á plötunni Processions.
•  Þá fékk Jón Nordal, tónskáld og fyrrverandi skólastjóri Tónlistarskólans í Reykjavík, heiðursverðlaun fyrir framlag sitt til íslenskrar tónlistar. Sagði hann í þakkarræðu sinni að þetta væri sólskinsdagur fyrir gamlan mann sem unnið hefði í músíkbransanum í 70 ár.
•  Sveitin ADHD hlaut verðlaun fyrir bestu djassplötu ársins 2009 og píanókonsertar Haydns í flutningi Eddu Erlendsdóttur og Sinfóníuhljómsveitar Íslands var valin besta platan í flokki sígildrar og samtímatónlistar.
•  Hljómsveitin Dikta var svo valin vinsælasti flytjandinn. (http://www.visir.is)

  © Art Director: Sigurður Oddsson (http://www.siggiodds.com)
Co-art direction: Geir Helgi Birgisson (www.geirhelgi.com)
Photography: Héðinn Eiríksson
Models: María Jónasdóttir, Teitur Magnússon og Matta Matthíasdóttir © This picture was taken during Hjaltalin performance in Reykjavik in 2011.

 © Tallin, The Island Day.

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