Indriði & Pascal Pinon
Two Icelandic acts performed at the cosy venue ‘t Smiske, in the town Asse, nearby the capital Brussels. A small club that had the now famous musician & composer Ólafur Arnalds on stage many years ago, 2007 to be exact. Óli and his Quartet did a Death Cab For Cutie cover, namely “Marching bands of Manhattan”:
But let us focus on 2016:
Indriði (full name Indriði Arnar Ingólfsson) has released a solo album entitled “Makril” (fish, ‘Mackerel’ in English). He has made a name in the Icelandic music scene as one of the members of extremist hardcore/rock band Muck than moving here in few experimental dara range. He was a member of the band The Heavy Experience as well. His début album was developed in the countryside north of New York.
Music journalist & scientist Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen wrote this on his personal website: ‘The aim was to capture the magic moment, , rather than working the material back and forth… One take was considered enough… Press the record button sometime after midnight carelessly… One microphone was even directly out of the window to allow nature to sing with.’ (Source: http://arnareggert.is/plotudomur-indridi-makril ).
On stage we had a typical troubadour setting, 1 guy with a guitar, supported by a pizza box and a famous Belgian beer “Duvel”. His first song was quite long, the rest of his 25 minutes concert he played songs from his first longplayer.
You can listen to the album on Soundcloud:
Indriði’s gig was a welcome male prélude for the alternative grrrl power of Pascal Pinon.
Pascal Pinon: The Twins Peaked
This year I published this about Pascal Pinon:
“Twin sisters duo Pascal Pinon, named after the freak Pasqual Pinon, the two-headed Mexican, made 3 full album. Ásthildur and Jófríður released their eponymous debut in 2009 and 4 years later “Twosomeness” (Morr Music, 2013). Two albums filled with some simple, pop-folk songs in Icelandic and English. Pascal Pinon’s third full-length “Sundur” (Morr Music, 2016) is yet another album with lo-fi, folky, minimalistic music. The title refers to the Icelandic proverb “sundur og saman” (meaning ‘apart and together’). The sisterhood was separated for a while: Ásthildur went to Amsterdam to study classical piano & composition and went back to Iceland, but her sister Jófríður went to tour the world with Samaris, and still leads a nomadic lifestyle. “Sundur” was recorded in just 2 days. This time, the twin’s father, composer Áki Ásgeirsson, helped out with the engineering and contributed percussions played with scrap metal he brought with him, including discarded parts of airplanes.” (Source: http://rokmusik.co/album/sundur)
Ásthildur was absent in Asse due to illness. Her twin sister was quite tired of touring, as she declared in Reykjavík Grapevine Magazine (Interview with John Rogers: https://grapevine.is/culture/music/2016/11/10/the-year-of-jofridur).
But in Belgium she didn’t look tired on stage: she gave a short introduction to each song. The 100-headed audience witnessed a 3-headed band with the ladies on vocals with guitar and on piano and worth mentioning in 1 song minimal electronic support. The 45 minutes set contained songs from their previous work, one unreleased song written on tour in Ireland this year and as encore the trio à capella an Icelandic Christmas traditional. A rainy and cold night in Asse, chocolate in the bakeries, the ladies were already in Christmas modus. Though in Belgium we have a “sinterklaas” tradition on 5-6. December, the original Santa Claus it is. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas)
Thursday 17. November was a rainy and cold evening, creating the perfect atmosphere to have an open cracking fire in the live venue place ‘t Smiske (http://www.tsmiske.be) and to have 4 young multi-talented Icelanders annex troubadours on an Flemish stage.
It’s better to listen to music, than to write about it. So to give you a good idea of the gig I uploaded the first song of the evening on YouTube for your pleasure:
Hope to meet and see performing more Icelanders in ‘t Smiske the upcoming years.Takk fyrir síðast ! Við sjáumst !
– Wim Van Hooste