Seattle Office of Film + Music


ICELANDIC MUSICIANS JOIN FORCES WITH SEATTLEITES FOR REYKJAVIK CALLING

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It is more than the comparable dimly lit landscapes, overcast skies and scarf-appropriate weather during the majority of the year that ties Seattle and Iceland together. Reykjavik, Iceland’s lush capital, will come to Seattle at the end of the month to merge with talented local musicians. What will be produced is far more than a concert; the foreign forces will leap over language barriers and bridge the two cultures through an explosive night this Friday, October 28 at Neumos. Top Icelandic musicians will join popular locals such as David Bazan, Tomo Nakayama of Grand Hallway, and Shelby Earl. Hlynur Gudjonsson, Consul and Iceland’s Trade Commissioner for North America enthusiastically said, “Last year was an amazing opportunity to experience what happens when two cities so steeped in music collide.” Reykjavik Calling is a collaboration between KEXP, City of Reykjavik, Icelandair, and Iceland Naturally.

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SHELBY EARL’S “AT THE START” IS NPR’S “SONG OF THE DAY”

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“At the Start” from local songstress Shelby Earl’s acclaimed new album, Burn the Boats, is NPR’s song of the Day! Earl’s song actually features a trio of local musical talents: cultural luminary John Roderick—who also produced Burn the Boats—sings in duet with Earl while Telekinesis frontman Benjamin Lerner is featured on the drums. In NPR’s estimation, this unique collaboration sparked some real musical magic: “An ode to the end of an affair, ‘At the Start’ finds Earl sounding defiantly triumphant, with Roderick dropping his guard to play the crestfallen. “We’re right where we’ve always been,” they sing together, adding, ‘At the start, we could see the end.’ It’s the one who got away and the one who got left behind, singing together beautifully in just one highlight from Earl’s warm, wonderful new record.” Follow the above link to read the entire NPR feature and to have a listen to the song of the day.

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