Mugison stole many Icelandic hearts when he released his first album in 2004. Ever since he's been extremely popular by the Icelandic nation. This summer he will perform in Kassinn, downtown Reykjavik, just behind the National Theatre. Almost all the talking will be in English...
His songs are both in English and Icelandic and he promises to speak 96% in English in between songs. Kassinn (e. the Box) is a wonderful venue, really cozy and the sound is spectacular!
Mugison is an Icelandic musician. He already has a reputation abroad for bleak magic, on record and in solo appearances. Mugison (aka Örn Elías Guðmundsson) makes music that ranges from gentle laptop pop to heavy, flamboyant rock. Mugison was given his nickname on a visit to his dad, Muggi, in Malaysia, and began recording songs on his laptop in 2001. After moving to London, he worked with a DJ on the whimsical glitch-pop songs that became 2003's Lonely Mountain, which was released on Matthew Herbert's Accidental label. That year, Mugison and his father founded the Aldrei Fór Ég Sudur (AFS) festival, and Mugison recorded the soundtrack to Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's 2004 film Niceland in a church in his hometown, Isafjordur, then settled in Sudavik before the release of his 2005 album, Mugimama, Is This Monkey Music?, which won five Icelandic Music Awards that year, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year for "Murr, Murr." The album's eclectic, sometimes carnivalesque sound made fans out of Super Furry Animals, Fantômas, and Ghostigital, all of whom invited Mugison as support on their tours. For his next album, Mugison went in a heavier, more organic direction, trading electronics for more bandmembers and cranked-up guitars. Mugiboogie was first released in 2007, and issued in the U.S. via Ipecac in 2008.
Read more on Wikipedia.
The show will be available every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; in June, July and August. The show starts at 20.30 (08:30 pm). The house opens at 20:00.
At the National Theater of Iceland. Address: Lindargata 3, 101 Reykjavik (downtown).
Click here for Google Maps directions.
The concert hall is called: The Box (Kassinn)
Just so you get some idea of the type of music, here are some reviews:
"This is Beck on Iceberg, Björk with a headache, a towering talent.“
"Mugison is Tom Waits harmonising with Will Oldham, and all the vistas Beck is supposed to shoot up.“
"Icelandic singer & singwriter Mugison already has a reputation abroad for bleak magic, on record and in solo appearances.“
This is definitely something to do while you're in Reykjavik city!