Stafrænn Hákon is a one man band, (Stafrænn Hákon translates as Digital Hakon, his real name being Olafur Josephsson), that harvests it's songs from a basement in Iceland. With over 5 recordings to date, you have much to discover from this artist. The sound is guitar focused, supported by drum loops and submerged keyboards. Imagine Iron & Wine raised in a vast open landscape of volcano and midnight sun, worshipping electronica as much as folk. While this is mostly instrumental music, with the odd soft-spoken bit woven into the framework of song, the upcoming album, Gummi, will be the first to bear vocals. Fellow Icelandic musician Blindfold contributes his voice and musical ability to Gummi... which, in my opinion has stengthened Stafrænn Hákon's music immensely. The very atmospheric music he has created all along has now taken on a warmer, more intimate tone, with the addition of a singing voice. The new recording will be released on Resonant Records (UK) and Nature Records (Japan) sometime this winter. These fellow Icelandic musicians and good friends, have worked together in the past... here's an example from Blindfold's self-titled album from 2005 on Resonant Records:
+ i see you through me
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Here's just some of the free mp3s of Stafrænn Hákon found online:
from Skvettir edik á ref 2002
from í ástandi rjúpunnar 2002
+ hvíti hákarlinn
from Prjónar Húmmus 2003
+ iodine (demo)
from Per:Segulsvið - Kysstu mig Þungi Spánverji
(collaboration between Stafrænn Hákon & Svanur Magnús)
+ vísur fyrir þreytta fugla
from his worldwide debut... "Eignast Jeppa"
And more MP3s:
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