Guðrið Hansdóttir: «Russians are the same as us»

It’s already more than two months that Guðrið Hansdóttir came back to the Faroes after her Russian tour. Those, who were at her concerts in early October, will remember this wonderful modest girl with a sensual pure voice and own sincere songs. As Guðrið admits, her acquaintance with Russia left a lasting impression, and the concert at the Surgut Philharmonics was one of the most memorable in her life. Her thoughts about Russia and artistic plans the singer shared with your humble narrator.

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Petur, Knút, Benjamin and all the others

Tuxedo Rebels «Sometimes Thе World Is Dark» (Tutl, 2014)
AVE «Benjamin & Petur» (Tutl, 2014)

In 2014 a good amount of decent LP has been released (take, for instance, Orka with their “Leipzig”). Anyhow, apart from EP of my favourite Guðrið Hansdóttir the two albums of the two absolutely new projects – AVE and Tuxedo Rebels seemed particularly close to me. Yet, familiar musicians are at the back of the brand new names. For instance, main characters of AVE are Petur Pólson and Benjamin Petersen, whereas in Tuxedo Rebels main characters are Knút H. Eysturstein and Petur. Petur Pólson is a link between these two projects and a good reason to write a common review of them.

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Musicians of the Faroe Islands, unite!

Orka «Leipzig» (Tutl, 2014)
Orka «Livandi oyða» (Tutl, 2007)

The Faroe Islands is, of course, a country in the first instance (the most fascinating and catching, besides), but in the second – just a village on a global scale. A very advanced village. According to Wikipedia, the Faroes share the first place with Iceland in the quantity of books published per head. It seems, the same situation is with the music albums. Only forty-eight thousand population — and a vast of music, enough to please everybody. But this music is often played by the same people.

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Heiðrik Á Heygum: «I don’t make music videos for the money or to get famous»

The well-know (at least, in Russia) phrase «A talented person is talented in everything» exactly pictures a Faroese artist Heiðrik Á Heygum. I personally acquainted with him through his videos for the songs of Eivør Pálsdóttir and such bands as ORKA, Byrta, Bloodgroup. Then I realized, that Heiðrik was not so simple. Aside from shooting music videos for the friends-musicians and short films, he also sings his sincere and very melodic songs pretty good. Heiðrik draws and takes nice photos, and some of his album covers (for example, for Guðrið Hansdóttir and the abovesaid Eivør — entirely his work). About own musical projects and the wish to make a full film Heiðrik told your humble narrator.

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Synthesis with the unexpected results

Ginman / Eivør «The Color Of Dark»
Columbia Records / Sony Music Entertainment Denmark A/S, 2014ginman eivor (маленький)

The fact that Eivør Pálsdóttir has some projects with Lennart Ginman became notable when a black and white video was uploaded on YouTube. In this video the Faroese beauty dressed in a tuxedo played a kind of gothic country jazz with the Danish musician and his team. However, musicians themselves call it “the savage land between avant-garde and pop-music”. At that time it was obvious that this idea must be worthwhile.

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Petur Pólson: «Fyodor Dostoyevsky is my favourite author in the universe»

It’s practically impossible to imagine the music of the Faroe islands without Petur Pólson. Over a period of 20 years, this Faroese poet and musician contributed greatly to its development. The most interesting is that Petur is always different: with the band Clickhaze he could have become a pop star, but his solo albums are plaintive and depressive, like the books of his favourite author. However, his new projects (AVE and Tuxedo Rebels) seem to be very dissimilar from him – not so gloomy. Where the Clickhaze has gone and whether he likes Faroese musicians singing English songs, — Petur Pólson shared with your humble narrator.

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