Greta Salóme represents Iceland for the second time in Eurovision 2016; Iceland celebrates 30 years participation
Icelandic singer / songwriter and violinist, Greta Salóme will represent Iceland for the second time in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with her song "Hear Them Calling". The Iceland Eurovision Grand Prix was held in three parts last February, two semi-finals and a final.
Greta performed the song in Icelandic in the first semi-final of the Iceland Grand Prix, where it was named "Raddirnar". She then released and performed the English version in the final. This year Greta had two songs for the competition, "Hear them Calling", and "Á ný", performed by Greta's childhood friend Elísabet Ormslev.
Since her last Eurovision adventure, Greta has been performing all over the world, and in 2014 she signed a contract with Disney Enterprises. The summer of 2014 she performed on Disney cruises between Florida and the Bahamas. She returned to Disney in 2015 and has been a regular performer on the Disney cruise ships, The Disney Dream and The Disney Magic, where she had her own show, "Ice! Fire! Strings", performing her own compositions as well as world famous Disney songs. In June, Greta Salóme will return to Disney for the summer cruises.
Click to watch Greta's performance of "Learn me right" from Brave
As most Eurovision fans know, Greta participated for Iceland in Baku, Azerbaijan 2012. There she also performed her own song, "Never Forget", a duet with Icelandic singer Jónsi (Eurovision 2005).
This year's contest was grander than ever in celebration of Iceland's 30 years in the Eurovision Song Contest. Six songs competed and the winning song was selected via televoting after a duel between the top two songs. The show included performances by Swedish 2012 winner, Loreen, and the Belgian 1986 winner, Sandra Kim, as well as a special performance by Pálmi Gunnarsson and Helga Möller, 2/3 of the ICY trio that performed Iceland's first entry, Gleðibankinn, on the Eurovision stage in Bergen, Norway in 1986.
"She continues to be a visionary, on every level of artistry" Complex
"Vulnicura is an album of heartbreak, but also of manic enlightenment" Crack
Rough Trade 'Album Of The Year'
One year on from the release of her Grammy nominated eighth studio album 'Vulnicura', independent Icelandic icon Bjork has been honoured with the award for 'Best International Female' at the Brits. This is Bjork's fifth Brit award and follows announcement that 'Vulnicura' has been named Rough Trade's Album Of The Year.
Icelandic rockers CeaseTone use animation to tackle mental health in their captivating "Bright Side" video
Yesterday The MuseBox announced the release of “Bright Side,” the captivating new stop animation video from Iceland’s hottest new export, electro indie rockers CeaseTone. CeaseTone will make their SXSW debut this March in Austin, TX. CeaseTone overcame 150 bands to win the 2015 All Tomorrow’s Parties Unsigned Talent Competition and enjoyed watching “Full Circle” head to #17 of Iceland’s top music chart. CeaseTone will accompany Icelandic folkster Axel Flovent on a March tour of the U.S. surrounding their SXSW appearance.
CeaseTone are comprised of Hafsteinn Þráinsson (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Sólrún Mjöll Kjartansdóttir (drums), Jökull Brynjarsson (synths, samples, keyboard), and Steinar Karlsson (bass). Recent reviews point to the band’s dynamic and captivating live show that audiences at SXSW are sure to enjoy. Tónlist.de raves that “CeaseTone’s indie rock, decorated with electronic sounds, is powerful and the live sets are energetic."
According to Þráinsson, the figure in the “Bright Side” video goes through an interpretation of mental struggle, “looking for the bright side which seems to be visible, but is always just out of reach.” Þráinsson had the concept for the video, but didn't know anyone who could complete the project in time: “I did, however, know how to cut out paper and take pictures with a camera, so I figured I could just make it analog stop motion. I used that to my advantage in getting a raw and humble visualization of a concept that came straight from the heart.”
CeaseTone will perform several showcases at SXSW and are available for pre-festival interviews. More information on CeaseTone is available on their official website.
"A beautifully intense 10-minute clip" - Rolling Stone
"The video is still as intense as can be: the natural, foreboding textures of it seem to leap out of the screen as readily as the song's cavernous beats and limitless emotions." - FADER
"An impressive, epic visualization of one of the most gut-wrenching songs on the record." - Stereogum
"Harrowing, grand...a draining, memorable viewing experience." - The Verge
"The epic opus of her new LP" - Juxtapoz
"Captivating" - Consequence of Sound
A short film chronicling the making of Björk's "Black Lake" video, produced by Autodesk, is premiering today via The Creators Project. Watch it here. The film includes interviews with Björk, director Andrew Thomas Huang, collaborators at Autodesk, Wolf & Crow, xRez and more discussing the video.
After seeing some of the initial storyboards for Björk's "Black Lake" and discussing concepts for the Vulnicura album and MoMA retrospective, it was clear that Autodesk had a lot to offer with its tools and network of innovative minds to help execute Björk's vision. Working with an imaginative artist like Björk and director Andrew Huang was an amazing opportunity to push Autodesk technology beyond what was previously thought possible. This video is a behind-the-scenes look at how the team worked to create various pieces for the Black Lake exhibition and cinema room at MoMA, the "moving album cover" for "Family" and artwork for Vulnicura.
"Black Lake" was originally commissioned by MoMA to debut as the centerpiece of Björk's 2015 museum retrospective, and is taken from Björk's Grammy-nominated eighth studio album Vulnicura.
Vulnicura was released to widespread critical acclaim and has been named to Best of 2015 lists by Rolling Stone, NPR Music, Spin, Stereogum, Complex, Consequence of Sound and many more.
Vulnicura was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca and British musician The Haxan Cloak. Of the album's nine tracks, six are written by Björk with two co-written with Arca and one co-written with Spaces. Six songs are produced by Björk and Arca, one by Björk, Arca and The Haxan Cloak and two by Björk. All string arrangements are by Björk. The album was mixed by The Haxan Cloak and engineered by Chris Elms, with two songs mixed by The Haxan Cloak and Elms, and mastered by Mandy Parnell. Vulnicura is Björk's first release since the 2011 album and multimedia project Biophilia.
Recent praise for Vulnicura:
New York Times - The Best Albums of 2015
"Even amid the most abstruse music, these songs have an emotional immediacy. The physicality of Björk's voice and the strings are even more striking against the impersonal electronic sounds, all the better to reveal the interior landscape of heartbreak and healing—not a simple story, and all the better for it."
Rolling Stone - Best Albums of 2015 So Far
"...with Björk, even simplicity is intricate business. Arranged for voice with orchestral strings and electronic beats, Vulnicura is a unified set of nine dark, swarming, melodically distended songs...this may be the most heart-rending music she's ever made."
NPR - Top 10 Albums of 2015
"What…Björk has accomplished at the intersection of pop and the avant-garde cannot be summed up in one detail, but one thing to focus on is the way she sings the word "emotional." Climbing it like one of the cliffs she often evokes in her pastoral lyrics, she lets it open up like a vista on its central, circulatory "o." The word becomes a Valkyrie's cry, a statement of purpose both sacred and humanly thrilling."
Los Angeles Times - Essential Albums of 2015
"The artist's most personal record in a career full of vocal and emotional drama...it's an exquisite, inspired and typically angular listen, filled with much texture and impatient roaming, with musical and vocal tones built into spatial structures that fearlessly trace the lyrical ordeals...fans like myself will find much to love as we explore its many peaks and valleys."
Pitchfork - Best Albums of 2015
"a one-woman rhapsody so radically cathartic it is practically avant-garde."
Vulnicura is available at www.bjork.com.
“CeaseTone knocked our socks off, combining folk, post-rock, and prog rock. The last song exploded in the most glamorous way." - Reykjavik on Stage
The MuseBox recently announced the release of 'Sight of Your Life,' the new single from Iceland’s hottest new export, electro indie rockers CeaseTone. CeaseTone will make their SXSW debut this March in Austin, TX. With JaJaJaMusic.com calling their debut single 'Full Circle' “an opening salvo of tightly wound dark-wave pop,” CeaseTone overcame 150 bands to win the 2015 All Tomorrow’s Parties Unsigned Talent Competition and enjoyed watching “Full Circle” head to #17 of Iceland’s top music chart. CeaseTone will accompany Icelandic folkster Axel Flovent on a March tour of the U.S. surrounding their SXSW appearance.
According to Right Cord Music, CeaseTone are an enthralling talent worthy of comparisons to Iceland’s most prominent acts:
"Somehow Icelandic music never disappoints, and its latest exports, CeaseTone, are no different. Their brand of electro indie rock does what we demand of all our featured artists: It stops us in our tracks and makes us want to listen again and again."
CeaseTone will be performing several showcases at SXSW and are available for pre-festival interviews.
3rd / 4th: Promotional performance Location TBA (Reykjavík Calling), Boston, MA
5th: Middle East w/Axel Flóvent (Reykjavík Calling), Boston, MA
15th-17th: South by Southwest (venue TBA), Austin, TX
18th: Martyr w/Axel Flóvent (Reykjavík Calling), Chicago, IL
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