Icelandic instrumentalists. - Hugar: Ró
posted 15 Jul 2019 by Krister Axel
Elevates the ambient sound of wood-creaking as a counterpoint to the sparse melody.

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Multitalented instrumentalists Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson are longtime friends and natives of Seltjarnarnes who began writing music together in 2013. Recently, Hugar have signed with Sony Music Masterworks and will be dropping their first release in August.

Bergur and Pétur combine a shared passion for music and an impressive resume working alongside fellow Icelandic luminaries Björk and Sigur Rós, among many others. Ró explores the contrast between order and disorder, and means ‘calm’ in English. As a solo piece for acoustic piano, the room sounds of the performance are intermingled with the notes in a way that creates a palpable sense of longing, and vulnerability. The open space of the intimate performance serves as a perfect backdrop for the bold symbolism of the video montage. Ró is a beautiful and meditative piece that elevates the ambient sound of wood-creaking as a counterpoint to the sparse melody.

Icelandic duo Hugar seek to put their everyday experiences into sounds. This song is featured on our Rainy Day playlist.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.

Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist