Rökkurró (Iceland Airwaves ’13)

Rökkurró’s melancholic serenades are evocative of the cold and desolate landscapes of their distant homeland. Mesmerising tones and swooping strings projected against a bleak and solitary Nordic backdrop. And yet, unique warmth pervades Rökkurró’s music owed to the fragile and soothing voice of Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir.

Rökkurró is an Icelandic music group founded in 2006 in Reykjavík. After a 4-track EP, they were signed to 12 Tónar label. Their debut album was Það kólnar í kvöld… (meaning “It’s Getting Colder Tonight” in Icelandic). It was released in 2007 in Iceland, Europe and Japan to great critical acclaim, followed by a local tour in Iceland and an international tour that included Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland supporting Ólafur Arnalds. The follow-up album Í Annan Heim (meaning In Another World) was released in 2010. It was produced by Alex Somers. Rökkurró began working on their third studio album in 2013, to be released mid-2014.

(This micro documentary was shot during Iceland Airwaves ’13 Off-Venue Show at 12 Tónar)

12 Tónar located right at the center of Reykjavik, the legendary local music store founded in 1998, 12 Tónar is the ideal address for those who just can not help but give in to the physical release appeal. Featuring the region’s most potent musical figures like Björk, múm or Sigur Rós, 12 Tónar not only offers shopping but it welcomes a considerable number of people from Reykjavik who come here just to have a good time, as well. Enjoy the complimentary espresso while going through the CDs and listening to any release you like.

Takk Fyrir my friend Lárus Jóhannesson for your warm welcome at 12 Tónar.

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