Hjaltalin at Cut To The Chase!
Cut To The Chase! is back at Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen on 11 November. This time it will feature one of Iceland's favorite band, Hjaltalin with support from Mono Stereo from Sweden.
Hjaltalin recently wrapped up Iceland Airwaves with amazing performance and got raving reviews and is now on a short tour around Europe where they are promoting their album Terminal, which was chosen "Best Album" at the Iceland Music Awards 2009. They will be supported by Sweden's hottest upcoming bands, Mono Stereo who are hottly tipped as one to watch in 2011.
Venue: Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU
Date: 11 November 2010
Price: £6 advance, £8 regular
Tickets available here:
Hjaltalín are Iceland’s newest sensation. Their debut album 'Sleepdrunk Seasons', released to great acclaim in Iceland December 2007, was produced by Benni Hemm Hemm and Gunni Tynes of múm, and sold gold in Iceland. The album was released in the rest of Europe in late 2008 and early 2009 and received universally positive praise across the continent including in the UK The Guardian, Drowned in Sound, Plan B and The Sunday Times. In Iceland Hjaltalín have played with artist such Jens Lekman, Akron/Family, Danielson, Annuals and Bloc Party, and they have also toured outside of Iceland with Cold War Kids and fellow Icelanders múm.
2009 saw Hjaltalín touring constantly including playing festivals such as Latitute, Roskilde, Haldern Pop, Open'er, Truck, Slottsfjell and more. The band were also busy working on their sophomore album. Involving a full size orchestra they recorded in a old warehouse next to Reykjavík harbour and in Studio Hljóðriti, Iceland's oldest and most legendary studio,
The new album,'Terminal', released to great acclaim in late 2009 in Iceland has already gone gold there and was voted best album by several critics including Iceland's biggest newspaper, Fréttablaðið. The album has been hailed, "a true masterpiece" and "the best Icelandic album in years". Hjaltalín also won 'Best rock/pop album' and 'Voice of the year' (Sigga) at the Icelandic Music Awards.
Reviews on Terminal:
"Terrific show-tune soul" Mojo // 4/5
"Uninhibited and magical" Clash // 8/10
"Epic orch-pop from Iceland" Uncut // 3/5
"Masterpiece" Artrocker // 4/5
Reviews on Hjaltalín:
"They are that rare thing: a band who arrive unheralded, unknown, and ensnare you instantly." - The Sunday Times
"smile -inducing, cockle-warming, discovery-making" - Financial Times (live review)
"A touch Arcade fire but more interesting, vocals are stunning, instrumentation is awesome. Joyous and gentle. Big colourful band to fall in love with. Soul, classical. Classoul." - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
"What makes Hjaltalin ooze with potential, and more importantly, sound nothing like any of their revered countrymen at all is their unflinching knack at being able to craft both winsome pop tunes alongside audaciously experimental arrangements with seemingly effortless ease." - Drowned in Sound
About Mono Stereo
Mono Stereo, hailing from Malmö in Sweden, are one of those rare bands who manage to reach into the back of your brain and caress the musical synapses that will forever be warmly receptive to the sounds of Lenny Kaye’s historic Nuggets package, The Chocolate Watch Band, Brian Jones era Stones, The Kinks, The Byrds ca. 65-68, Gary Usher’s mindbending stereo-panning productions and so on and so forth?
Paying due reverence to the musical landscape of the paisley coated side of the ‘60s, with a flavour of the ‘90s shoegaze scene, they have retained their own modern identity, existing in the here and now, but exploding into your consciousness with their glorious musicality, exquisite reference points and fabulous songs that the retro stylings of mere anachronists miss, by dint of their pure blistering power and intensity.
Reference points in the current musical climate are Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Angels and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, with My Bloody Valentine and Ride casting an influence, through the fish eye lens of mid-sixties psych.
2010 has seen the band disappear into the Danish wilderness with sonic mastermind Kramer, (Bongwater, Butthole Surfers, Galaxie 500) producing some recordings the first of which will see the light of day as the band's brand new single, Me & My Machine. This follows a sold out show supporting Girls at the Debaser club in Stockholm in May and the release of ‘On And On / A Matter Of Confusion’ in the US, as a limited edition 7" single on the MPLS label which received UK radio support from Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft on BBC6 Music and some excellent online reviews from a host of online music bloggers and critics globally.
The November release of Me And My Machine digitally and as a 7 inch single on the Minty Highway label will be supported by the band’s first UK tour, domestic shows and debut performances in several other European territories developing momentum towards the release of the debut Mono Stereo LP in Spring 2011.