New music at Iceland Airwaves: Hjaltalín - Sweet Impressions

A dash of Arcade Fire here, a soupçon of Sufjan Stevens there – this Reykjavík band craft compellingly lovely songs

This eight-piece from Reykjavik are pretty big in Iceland, having topped the charts with their debut album Sleepdrunk Seasons. Combining strings, horns and bassoon, Hjaltalín create a mélange of melody, anchored by singer Hogni Egilsson's slightly frayed vocals. Touchstones may be obvious – a dash of Arcade Fire here, a soupçon of Sufjan Stevens there – but there's something beautiful about the way in which they craft a song. Sweet Impressions is taken from their new album, Terminal.

Hjaltalín play the Heineken stage at Iceland Airwaves on Friday 15 October


Michael Cragg

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