Wednesday, December 12, 2007


The band Hjaltalín began, two years ago, as a one-act thing in the music scene of MH, a Reykjavik gymnasium that is renowned for harbouring musicians. Things have evolved since then, personell 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.

The group is comprised of Axel Haraldsson (drums), Guðmundur Óskar Guðmundsson (bass, guitar, vocals), Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson (keyboards, guitar) and Högni Egilsson (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Sigríður Thorlacius (vocals, percussioun), Viktor Orri Árnason(violin), Rebekka Bryndís Björndsóttir (bassoon), Þorgbjörg Daphne Hall (cello), Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson (guitar).

Recent projects include the making of a christmas album distributed to friends and family, opening for the Icelandic reggae-band Hjálmar, gigs in some of the more renowned bars in Reykjavík and record-making. Also, the song “The trees don’t like the smoke” aired in Kastljósið, the prime time program which is aired after the evening news.

Sleepdrunk Seasons is Hjaltalín's first album. The album has been described as one of the best albums of the year and been awaited by critics and fans alike, especially after a glorious performance on Airwaves'07. Sleepdrunk Seasons was produced by Icelandic “indie” heavyweights, Benni Hemm Hemm and Gunnar Tynes (múm). Recommended!

Hjaltalín @ MySpace

Hjaltalín - Stay In Touch (Sprengjuhöllin Cover)

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Blogger Ziggy said...

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand (2007) !!!

John Vanderslice - Emerald City (2007) !!!
Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover (2007) !!!

Phantom Planet - The Guest
+ Radiohead, Blink 182, etc.

Rufus Wainwright - Release The Stars + Live


Brand New - The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me
Blink 182 - Enema Of The State

Emilie Autumn, Tori Amos, Lucia Micarelli, Vienna Teng, etc.


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oh no...
raising sand album can't be played since it's locked by itunes..

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