Heidatrubador’s K7 ‘Third-Eye Slide-Show’” [FALK 0D]
FALK’s latest release is ‘Third-Eye Slide-Show’ by Heidatrubador, the solo project of Icelandic musician Heiða Eiríksdóttir. “Third-Eye Slide-Show’ is a sparse, raw collection of songs that highlights her experimental side.
‘Third-Eye Slide-Show’ is available on a limited edition cassette, and download via the bandcamp page of FALK (Fuck Art Let’s Kill), a consortium of multi-genred artists, encouraging creative expression and releasing and promoting the works of its constituents.
ROK had a talk with Heiða Eiríksdóttir, a chanteuse/guitar player with a career of 30 years in the Icelandic music scene (Útúrdúr, Sovkhoz, Unun, solo, Heiða og Heiðingjarnir, DYS, Hellvar). For the first time she releases under the alias Heidatrubador. The outcome is a cassette (only 50 copies) and digital download entitled “Third-eye slide-show”.
I’m curious about the name of the album. How did you came up with this title?
Well, it’s actually originally something I thought of while meditating. Everyone who meditates will experience some sort of state where all of a sudden you feel like you are seeing what’s inside your head, when all the thoughts have been removed. For me, this kind of music called for the same sort of energy: Removing all the thoughts and going with the gut feelings. Removing the rational and going with intuition. The outcome is like a show the third eye would put on. My grandfather always used to put on slide-shows when I was a kid. I like slide-shows.
The album was recorded during a sort of “Retraite” (in the French spiritual way meaning, not the English ‘retirement’ meaning) in Berlin, maybe your second home. But the songs found their origin back in Iceland, right? But you did the finishing touch in Germany? Tell us more about your stay in this metropole… and the influence on the final version of the songs.
That´s right. I started this project a few years back when I decided to skip Christmas and be by myself alone in the rehearsal space and record music, just to see what would come out of it. I ended up with material I liked, but was not ready to work on at that moment. I decided to set it aside and last year I went to Berlin for 3 months to finish another album I was recording, a more “conventional” one, and this material just called for attention again. I then decided to work on both albums simultaneously to get the two sides of the coin down. There is the more experimental side to me and the sweeter, more innocent side. I’ve tried mixing them together on one album before, but this time I wanted to separate them and go much further into those experiments. The new ideas that came to me in Berlin then felt really right, and getting the more “abstract” things out of me helped me to record the other album as well. It was a very successful Retraite!
It’s good to see this release on the famous FALK label. It fits well with their previous releases. How did you get in contact with the folks behind the FALK label?
I knew those guys as musicians and artists and really liked their work. When I was back in Iceland I sat on my material for a few months and then just decided to finish the mixes and send it to them. I believed I had a good album and the idea of having it released on tape by those guys just appealed to me. They know what they are doing, I like their energy and they already released stuff I found interesting so I was very happy when they wanted to release Heidatrubador as well.
What can we expect in the future? More solo work perhaps? Didn’t you record more stuff in Berlin? What about the future of the band Hellvar by the way?
The second album I did in Berlin is mixed now. I have been working with Curver on the mixes, and it comes out later this year on vinyl and on bandcamp. Unless some great record company insists on releasing it for me, I will release it myself. I want to do more performing of both the noise-side and the folky-side of Heidatrubador. I am glad I managed to finish two such different projects and even if they sound and feel different they can go hand in hand. Hellvar is sitting on a bunch of new songs which we wrote last winter, and we might get time to record them in the fall. Me and Elvar are together in one other project called ‘GlerAkur’, that requires our attention for rehearsing at the moment. It’s an atmospheric drone-ambiant-rock band, where I am one of 5 guitar-players, but we are 8 in the band. There is a German label called Prophecy that is releasing that album later this year. I also did some retro electropop with a guy called ‘Ruddinn’, and our album is coming out this year too. I lost count already. How many albums is that?
You will play in Germany this year with your husband Elvar’s solo project ‘GlerAkur’. Excited to go back to your beloved Germany I suppose?
I love Germany and German people make so much more sense to me than Icelandic people sometimes. I find it better to work on art in Berlin, as I get easily distracted when I am in Reykjavík. My focus seems to increase when I am in Berlin. I just feel like working and finishing stuff, getting stuff done, whereas in Iceland it’s harder for me, more struggle somehow. In the wintertime I struggle not to be too depressed and cold, and it’s hard to keep your energy up to work on creative things. In the summertime there is too much daylight so you are just out and about all the time and then it’s hard to actually get inside and finish work. So you need to be hard on yourself, and sometimes I lack this self-discipline. In Berlin, I just start working naturally. Sometimes magic just happens and you don’t want to try to understand it too well because you might scare it away. My magic lives in Berlin, and I hope I can join it and live there soon. Until then I’m gonna be busy applying self-discipline to finish ongoing projects here in Iceland. When the time is right I’m out of here.
Thank you Heiða for your answers, good luck with all your releases this year!
– Wim Van Hooste