"Árstíðir: "You just have to know of me"
"Árstíðir: You just have to know of me" is an intimate music documentary film about an icelandic acustic newcomer band formed in Icelands lively and pulsing capital Reykjavík. The sound of Árstíðir is all but the spheric, mystic sound we consider to be icelandic, as music by Björk or Sigur Rós. It is closer to the country, more grounded, melodic and by that still a bit more icelandic, than the band members themselves may admit.
The film portraits six young musicians (Daníel, Gunnar, Hallgrímur, Jón, Karl & Ragnar), each extraordinary talented on their instruments. Their music inhales, breathes and mirrors the contrast of icelandic seasons: The never ending summers, dark and melancholic winter and in between the blood red automn and calm spring. Every emotion is transformed into sound that are so attached to the roots of the band, which name is to be translated as "seasons".
Within the last three years the band, formed in 2008 by Daníel, Gunnar and Ragnar, became one of the biggest insiderés tipp of the Icelandic music scene. Not only have they played small venues in Iceland but also made their debut on bigger stages in Scandinavia and Russia.
Besides the vocal harmonies being a trademark of the band, also the instrumentation of their songs makes Árstíðir special. The warm sound of two acustic and one bariton guitars, a virtousely played piano and two melismatic strings build up the extraordinary sound spectra, underlined by the charismatic voices of the six members. Their music is to be described as "simple but still komplex".
Who has not known Árstíðir yet, will know of them after watching this documentary. You just have to know of them.
Directed by Lilja Häfele. Produced by Henry Páll Wulff & Lilja Häfele.