Thursday 20. 9.
JFDR, the latest project from Iceland's Jófríður Ákadóttir (Samaris, Pascal Pinon, Gangly), is a blend of cyclical guitar parts, soft minimal soundscapes, and poetic wonderings of a journey that ends where it began. Drawing from classical, folk, and electronic backgrounds, JFDR amalgamates the sounds of changing seasons, her voice a current that moves through rough seas to smooth waters. But perhaps JFDR shines the most in her capacity as a wordsmith, employing rich imagery to evoke the subtle emotions embedded in each song. Her first full length album, co-produced by legendary multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, was released in March 2017.
“I got obsessed with her band Samaris a few years ago,” says Björk, “and then it was amazing to see her do her own stuff. She’s surrounded herself with a really authentic community of friends. There are probably about 150 musicians in Reykjavik, and groups there sort of become the opposite of each other, like, ‘Oh, that singer’s dressed like that, I better dress the opposite.’ Such is the tight-knit scene in Iceland, she continues, that “you naturally develop individuality. Also, you’ll be in a classical band and an electronic band and a metal band, and that’s okay. Everything blurs into each other, which I’m sure you can hear in Icelandic music.” Björk, The Guardian 'Björk On Her Inspirations'
Katarína Máliková became the most outstanding artist of an alternative Slovak scene and her debut album took over not only world music fans but also a wider public. Katarína and her seven-piece live band bring folklore heritage in its freshest way. The artist managed to come a long way in three years time. She joined a newcomers competition and after that continuously worked on enlargening her fan base. The musician is literally a concentrated energy – although appears to be frenzy, she’s going to overwhelm you with her strong voice the moment she starts singing. Katarína’s album entitled Pustvopol is an archaic name for a region in central Slovakia meaning a desert field. She was inspired by traditional Slovak music but also by the place itself, its nature, atmosphere and its magic – Katarína let all these elements influence her while writing the album. The artist, a music teacher, didn’t know her first album would sound like it does, she’s also written more chanson-ish songs but later applied folk motives to her music.
Plàsi Characterized by stripped productions based on acoustic guitars and meaningful words, Plàsi is now out with his debut album People. After a gradual release of the individual tracks during 2017/2018 the album is now finally in one piece. In the end of 2016 his debut EP Now & Then got out and soon after two well received official remixes were released that helped spreading the original music. The inspiration comes from related acts within the acoustic folk genre, such as Passenger, José González, Dotan, Sufjan Stevens, and Kings of Convenience
Plàsi, originally Mikael Bitzarakis, was born on the island of Crete with a Greek father but mainly raised in Sweden with his mother where he moved by the age of four. He writes and produces his music himself, and has studied songwriting at the music school Rytmus in Stockholm. His stage name comes from the Ancient Greek word for creation (πλάση), which best describes his passion for songwriting and entrepreneurship.