dj flugvél og geimskip (ISL)

Label: Geertruida

Period: Now UK February dates - please enquire

Listen: https://djflugveloggeimskip.bandcamp.com/track/the-sphinx

dj flugvél og geimskip is the one-person orchestra of Steinunn Hardardottir that draws influences from a thousand worlds. Defined as electronic horror-music with a space twist, the music is a mix of playful beats, cool bass, catchy melodies and high-pitched glissando vocals. Her live performances are colourful and poetic and her music deals with alien worlds, mysteries, dreams and dangers of the night.

“Our Atlantis” out early 2019 is about one's personal choice to decide our own world view. Each and every one of us lives to a large extent in the world we have created for our selves, the music on the record ties together the vastness and splendour of space, the mysterious depths of the ocean, and the freedom to form our own opinions on the world around us. We are constantly surrounded by different ideas of what is the ideal way of life, but it is good to have in mind that we have a choice. Nobody can tell us what is “right”. No more that it is possible for anyone to tell us what Atlantis was “really” like. Is the tale of Atlantis a fantastical myth or historical legend? That is for you to decide!

Her third dj flugvél LP came out in 2015, Nótt á hafsbotni (Night at the Bottom of the Ocean), where the topic is the deep ocean. Her last album, Glamúr í geimnum (Glamour in Space) was all about the magic of space. Nótt á hafsbotni was a heavier album but dancier, with melodies more influenced by Asian music from India and Syria. The album won the Icelandic Kraumur Music Awards in 2015, was nominated as the Best Pop Album at the Icelandic Music Awards 2015 and received raving reviews from both Uncut and The Arts Desk amongst others.

Quotes

“This is a seriously odd record: playful, genuinely quirky and essentially Icelandic electronic pop, Nótt á hafsbotni in fact channels everything from Suicide and Joe Meek to Grimes and J-pop.” - Uncut review 8/10

“Incredibly special, like a solo Animal Collective” - Les Inrocks after Iceland Airwaves 2015 (06/11/2015)

“Nott A Hafsbotni would be a wonderfully weird trip to an alien world in any language. In the sing-song lilt of unalloyed Icelandic, it’s sensational.” - The Arts Desk

“Despite being made up of a plethora of warm transients and analogue instrumentation, the album’s texture is unconventionally abrupt and irrational. After establishing tension, “Draugalestin” doesn’t exactly explode but rather writhes and wriggles, never allowing the listener to digest its nuances. “ -Line of Best Fit review 9/10

“We dip in and out of a few other shows, but our final treat of this year’s festival turns out to be Airplane & Spaceshipp, a slip of a girl who plays bonkers cyborg space music of crazily high-pitched vocals, glitchy dancing and ear-splitting electronics. It’s mystical, mischievous and entirely marvellous.” -Clash

“Her vocal register seem to suggest some kind of Middle-Eastern musical influence, the electronics some oddball J-pop influence, and the project as a whole suggests she’s possibly picking up some kind of outer-space influence. Memorable.” -The 405

"Sometimes an artist’s recorded output cannot adequately prepare you for the experience of seeing them live, and Iceland’s Airplane & Spaceship is the perfect example. She bounces onto the stage looking like a cross between Lauren Mayberry and Björk, her pile of synths decorated with gold streamers and topped off with a colour-changing disco-ball-light-thing. What follows almost feels like a piece of performance art - Airplane & Spaceship taking on the role of a bizarre storyteller, spinning wonky electronica into tales of evil cats, deals with the devil, spaceships, being cloned by aliens and I swear to God I’m not making this up. She’s quite clearly in a world of her own, but Airplane & Spaceship is very accommodating of visitors, so you might as well stay a while." - Drowned in Sound

“...there's always something rewarding about seeing someone do exactly what they want.” 

­Dazed Digital 

dj flugvél og geimskip - live on KEXP

Mail: andrew[at]phantom-limb.co.uk (UK)