Flaunt Premiere | Hugar “Logn”

by Dona Ibrahim

Courtesy of Hugar

Courtesy of Hugar

With an impressive 41 million worldwide streams on Spotify alone, and having just signed with Sony Music Masterworks, Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson (who make up Hugar) are carrying on the tradition of impeccable Icelandic musicians and aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

With a similar taste in music, and having been longtime friends, the two aren’t strangers when it comes to being in a band together; they’ve even been in various bands together as far as their early childhood days.

The duo released their debut, self-titled album in 2014 and have since collaborated with huge fellow Icelandic artists such as Björk, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds, and Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Þórisson and Jónsson have a unique and genre-defying sound of their own. Being described as indie/alternative, their hypnotic mix of various instruments such as the violin, trumpet and piano evoke feelings of melancholy, nostalgia and hope—all at once.

Courtesy of Hugar

Courtesy of Hugar

The duo started piecing together their newest album titled Varða as early as 2014. “Varða,” which means ‘Cairn’ in English, are tiny rock towers that journeymen used as guides, and given the extended daylight hours in Iceland, using stars wasn’t an option. The two decided to give their new album this name because just like a cairn, their second album was always visible to them from a distance; guiding them.

“Similar to those pile of rocks, the songs are like small cairns on the album,” Þórisson explains. “It’s not about the destination though, but rather this never-ending journey, which the whole record represents.”

Þórisson goes on to say, “There was never a plan to make our first album; it just happened. This time around, we set out to make a record that functioned as a whole piece where everything was related. It’s more polished from beginning to end.”

Varða has 14 tracks in total and shifts from their classic orchestration and takes a more alternative, ambient, and post-rock spin to it. Hugar’s highly anticipated album, Varða will drop on August 23rd; more information about the artists can be found here.

Hugar’s Live Tour Dates:

September 20th - Stockholm SE @ Nalen Klubb

September 25th - Nuernbeg GER @ Neues Museum

September 27th - Mechelen BE @ CC Mechelen

September 28th - Oostende BE @ De Grote Post

September 29th - Amsterdam NL @ Tuinzaal

October 2nd - Berlin, GER @ Silent Green

October 3rd Hannover, GER @ - Feinkost Lampe