Four years in the making, “Venus” by Bríet and Ásgeir Released

Arnarhóll

Musicians Bríet and Ásgeir Trausti released the song Venus this morning. In an interview this morning, Ásgeir Trausti stated that work on the song had begun four years ago but was not finished until this year.

Eleven years since Dýrð í dauðaþögn

It’s been eleven years since Ásgeir Trausti released the song Dýrð í dauðaþögn from the eponymous album. The song and the album enjoyed enormous popularity. A year later, in 2013, Ásgeir released an English version of the album, In the Silence.

On the occasion of the album’s tenth anniversary last year, Bríet released a cover of the song that can be found on the album Stór agnarögn.

Venus, four years in the making

This morning, Ágeir and Bríet released their first collaborative effort, Venus.

In an interview with Iceland Review this morning, Ásgeir explained that he and Bríet had begun working on the song four years ago: “A sketch of the song was originally created a few years ago when Júlíus Róbertsson and I were playing around with a recorder,” Ásgeir explained. “I then showed the song to Bríet in 2018, and we decided to work on it together. There was no time to finish it then, but we took it out of the drawer again this year and finally finished it.”

Read More: Love, Bríet (Iceland Review follows Bríet on Culture Night)

IR also spoke to Bríet who added that “life had simply taken over” during those four intervening years.

Asked about her favourite part of the song, Bríet referred to the lyrics: “When we sing about Venus illuminating the Milky Way. I love how that line makes me look up and admire the stars. Ásgeir Trausti, asked the same question, referred to the chorus: “(My favourite part) is when the first chorus starts. A fun groove begins, to which you can start dancing.”

Read More: Music and Lyrics (Ásgeir Trausti on his album Bury the Moon)

As for the immediate future, Ásgeir will be working with musician Árný Margrét in the studio, recording her second album. “Then there are a few gigs in the fall, including a concert with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in November. And a European tour in November and December. Otherwise, I’m just always working on new music, my own and with others.”

Bríet has one thing on her schedule over the coming weeks. “To be happy.”

Love, Bríet

“Is this the smallest stage in the world? Who’s trying to save money here?”  THE BUS RIDE For the first time in what felt like a long time, I was free. No obligation to stay inside, to put the kids to bed, to return home before some vaguely appointed hour – for it was understood that […]

This content is only visible under subscription. Subscribe here or log in.

Continue reading

Accolades Evenly Distributed at the Icelandic Music Awards

Icelandic Music Awards

The Icelandic Music Awards were held in Reykjavík yesterday. In what was an evening defined by a relatively even distribution of statues, singers Bríet and Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir, the bands Mono Town and FLOTT, and rapper Birnir took home two awards last night.

Pianist Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir honoured

Yesterday, the annual Icelandic Music Awards were held at the Harpa Music and Conference Hall in downtown Reykjavík. The event was emceed by singer Valgerður Guðnadóttir and actor Guðmundur Felixson. The bands BSÍ and FLOTT performed on stage, and so did pianist Magnús Jóhann, rapper Birnir, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Awards were presented by Minister of Culture and Business Affairs Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson giving away the statue for “brightest hope.” No one artist took home more than two awards: Birnir, FLOTT, Bríet, Mono Town, and Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir took home a pair of statues each.

Pianist Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir received this year’s Honourary Award for her contribution to Icelandic music. “I’ve been surrounded by music since I remember, and that has been my fortune. I believe that whoever lives in music need never be lonely, out of work, or without friends,” Anna Guðný stated in her acceptance speech.

Full list of winners

2022 Icelandic Music Awards Winners
Pop, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, and Electronic Music

POP – BEST ALBUM
Mobile Home – GusGus

ROCK – BEST ALBUM
Mono Town Time Vol. 1 – Mono Town

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST ALBUM
Bushido – Birnir

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST ALBUM
radio vatican – sideproject

POP – BEST SONG
Mér er drull – FLOTT

ROCK – BEST SONG
Vesturbæjar Beach – BSÍ

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST SONG
Vogur – Birnir

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST SONG
Halda áfram – russian.girls

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Kveðja, Bríet (release concert at Harpa) – Bríet

BEST LYRICIST
Teitur Magnússon

BEST SONGWRITER
Mono Town

BEST SINGER
John Grant

BEST PERFORMER
Bríet

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist awarded in collaboration with Rás 2)
FLOTT

 

CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

BEST ALBUM
Ethereality – Berglind María Tómasdóttir

BEST COMPOSITION
CATAMORPHOSIS – Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

BEST FESTIVAL
Björk Orkestral, Live from Reykjavík

BEST CONCERT
KOK Opera – Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir

BEST SINGER
Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Mótettukórin (Choir)

EMERGING CLASSICAL ARTIST
Rannveig Marta Sarc

 

JAZZ AND BLUES

BEST ALBUM
Nightjar in the Northern Sky – Anna Gréta

BEST ORIGINAL COMPOSITION
Hlýnun – Tumi Árnason

BEST SONGWRITER
Anna Gréta

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Magnús Trygvasen Eliassen

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Sigmars Þór Matthíasson Band

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Concert Series at Skuggabaldur

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist award)
Hróðmar Sigurðsson

OTHER MUSIC: OPEN CATEGORY, FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC, MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATRE

BEST ALBUM – MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATRE
Y: The Last Man – Herdís Stefánsdóttir

BEST ALBUM – FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC
Brek – Brek

BEST ALBUM – OPEN CATEGORY
Mother Melancholia – sóley

BEST SONG/COMPOSITION – OPEN CATEGORY
Vertu úlfur, title song – Emilíana Torrini, Markéta Irglová

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ég er bara að ljúga er það ekki? –Annalísa Director: Annalísa Hermannsdóttir

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK
Án tillits – Magnús Jóhann & Skúli Sverrisson
Design: Halldór Eldjárn

BEST PRODUCTION
Ox – Gyða Valtýsdóttir.
Production: Gyða Valtýsdóttir and Úlfur Hansson

Three Wins for Pop Star Bríet at Icelandic Music Awards

Bríet - Icelandic pop singer wins the Icelandic Music Awards in 2021

The annual Icelandic Music Awards were held in Reykjavík last Saturday. Pop musician Bríet, who received seven nominations, took home three awards in the categories Pop Album of the Year, Lyricist of the Year, and Female Singer of the Year. Female artists won in six out of the nine Best Album genre categories.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nominees were invited to attend the presentation of the awards in small groups. The presentations were pre-recorded shortly before the ceremony was broadcast on Saturday evening. The broadcast did feature five live performances by nominees, however, including Best Jazz Album winner Ingibjörg Turchi and crowd favourite GusGus.

Read More: Bríet at the 2018 Iceland Airwaves Festival

Sigur Rós received this year’s Honourary Award for their contribution to Icelandic music over the past 17 years (the band was established in 1994). Unsurprisingly, Iceland’s Eurovision representative Daði Freyr won Best Pop Song for last year’s viral hit Think About Things.

A playlist featuring all of this year’s nominees is available on Spotify. The full list of winners is below.

2021 Icelandic Music Awards Winners

Pop, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, and Electronic Music 

POP – BEST ALBUM
Kveðja, Bríet  – BRÍET

ROCK – BEST ALBUM
Endless Twilight of Codependent Love  – Sólstafir

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST ALBUM
VACATION  – CYBER

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST ALBUM
Visions of Ultraflex  – Ultraflex

POP – BEST SONG
Think About Things – Daði Freyr

ROCK – BEST SONG
Haf trú – HAM

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST SONG
Geimvera  – JóiPé x Króli

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST SONG
Think Too Fast  – JFDR

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Heima með Helga

BEST LYRICIST
Bríet Ísis Elfar

BEST SONGWRITER
Hjaltalín

BEST MALE SINGER
Högni Egilsson

BEST FEMALE SINGER
Bríet Ísis Elfar

BEST PERFORMER
Bubbi Morthens

BEST MUSIC VIDEO (awarded in collaboration with albumm.is)
Sumarið sem aldrei kom – Jónsi. Leikstjórn: Frosti Jón Runólfsson

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist awarded in collaboration with Rás 2)
Gugusar

 

CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC 

BEST ALBUM
John Speight, Solo Piano Works  – Peter Máté

BEST COMPOSITION
Accordion Concerto – Finnur Karlsson

BEST FESTIVAL
Sönghátíð í Hafnarborg

BEST CONCERT
Brák og Bach

BEST FEMALE SINGER
Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir

BEST MALE SINGER
Stuart Skelton

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Icelandic Symphony Orchestra

EMERGING CLASSICAL ARTIST
Steiney Sigurðardóttir (cellist)

 

JAZZ AND BLUES

BEST ALBUM
Meliae – Ingibjörg Turchi

BEST ORIGINAL COMPOSITION
Four Elements – Haukur Gröndal

BEST SONGWRITER
Sigurður Flosason

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Haukur Gröndal

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Frelsissveit Íslands

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Reykjavík Jazz Festival

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist award)
Laufey Lín Jónsdóttir


OTHER MUSIC: OPEN CATEGORY, FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC, MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATRE

BEST ALBUM – MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATRE
Defending Jacob – Atli Örvarsson & Ólafur Arnalds

BEST ALBUM – FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC
Shelters one  – Jelena Ciric

BEST ALBUM – OPEN CATEGORY
EPICYCLE II – Gyða Valtýsdóttir

BEST SONG/COMPOSITION – OPEN CATEGORY
Astronaut  – Red Barnett

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK
PLASTPRINSESSAN  – K.óla:
Kata Jóhanness, Katrín Helga Ólafsdóttir, Ása Bríet Brattaberg, Arína Vala Þórðardóttir, Ída Arínudóttir, Elvar S. Júlíusson

BEST PRODUCTION
Meliae – Ingibjörg Turchi:
Sound engineer: Birgir Jón Birgisson, mixing and mastering: Ívar Ragnarsson

Airwaves Artists: BRÍET

Iceland Airwaves 2018 Bríet

Iceland Airwaves music festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this November. To mark the event, Iceland Review interviewed a few of this year’s performers. A rising star who’s made a strong debut, BRÍET is a perfect example of the kind of artist Airwaves aims to showcase. Her first independent release caught the attention of Icelandic producer […]

This content is only visible under subscription. Subscribe here or log in.

Continue reading