On Tour // Feldberg
I don’t usually feature non-Irish acts on here unless I’m pimping my own work elsewhere, but I’ll make an exception for Icelandic duo Feldberg since they’re a) brilliant, b) lovely and c) signed to epic Northern label Smalltown America, who’ve acted as a breeding ground for the likes of And So I Watch You From Afar and LaFaro in recent years.
Plus I sorta wrote the press release for their album back when.
Feldberg will be on tour across Ireland for the next 10 days or so, playing the usual spots – Whelan’s in Dublin and Castlepalooza – as well a hectic final day that takes in the Forfey festival in Fermanagh and Derry’s Cafe del Mundo.
July 28th 2011 – Spirit Store, Dundalk
July 31st 2011 – Castlepalooza Festival, Wicklow
August 03rd 2011 – John Daly’s, Mullingar
August 04th 2011 – Whelans, Dublin
August 05th 2011 – Animal Disco, Belfast
August 06th 2011 – Forfey Festival, Co. Fermanagh (Early show)
August 06th 2011 – Café Del Mundo, Derry (Late Show)
I interviewed singer Rósa Birgitta Ísfeld and multi-instrumentalist Einar Tönsberg (known by the stage name Eberg) through a dodgy connection during the cold snap here last November, and they were incredible: warm, playful but really knowledgeable about music and dead serious about what they’re doing. Perversely, while we were buried in three feet of snow, they were enduring unseasonable 20 degree weather up in Iceland.
Their winsome folk pop is closer to the Swedish model of Jens Lekman, Peter Bjorn & John et al. than the less literal, more experimental music we expect to hear from Iceland. ‘Don’t Be a Stranger’ was a minor hit around Europe (it reached the top 10 in Iceland), but my favourite track is ‘Dreamin’,’ which continues along similarly ethereal lines and really shows off Rosa’s child-like vocals. ‘You & Me’ is another quality tune that can be heard on MySpace.