Reviewed Iceland Airwaves 2012 for The Reykjavík Grapevine

This past weekend, I wrote several reviews for The Reykjavík Grapevine on the music festival Iceland Airwaves. This was my fourth year reviewing Airwaves concerts, and I’ve always found the experience fascinating as a chance to practice non-conventional response to live music with a turnaround publishing time of less than 12 hours. Can’t hone, can’t craft in my usual hyper-retentive way when I’m exhausted and rushing to deadline. Can’t be precious, and this means the experience can prove mildly stressful but also exhilarating and (usually) full of love. I covered four nights of the festival this year, and you can read my reviews online here:

  • Sigur Rós. Written as a fairy tale.
  • Solaris (by Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason) and Daughter. Written through Tarot readings.
  • Bedroom Community (featuring Daníel Bjarnason, Paul Corley, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Puzzle Muteson, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, and Ben Frost). A music-review video-diary weather-documentary.
  • Metal night (featuring The Heavy Experience, Skálmöld, Sólstafir, HAM, and Mugison). Written as a summoning.


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