July 23, 2022

GusGus

+ Vök + Eivør

Faroe Islands, Iceland

GusGus

GusGus, Photo by Daníel Ágúst

Event Info At A Glance

Price Overview: Free

Venue Overview: Concert Stage

This event is a Nordic Spotlight, part of Nordic Bridges.

Overview

Vök are an Icelandic dream pop and indietronic band from Reykjavík known for their upbeat and large sounds. Eivør continues the night with music inspired by the wide open, choppy seas and gale battered coasts of her homeland, while preeminent electronica artists GusGus hail from the larger-than-life Nordic dance music scene.

About Eivør

Eivør Pálsdóttir is an artist perfectly attuned to the savage vicissitudes of nature. Born and raised in Syðrugøta, a tiny community on one of the northern Faroe Islands, the singer-songwriter grew up surrounded by a harsh, windswept landscape and the North Atlantic, unsurprisingly the rugged backdrop which profoundly influenced her music. Songs such as “Tides,” “Fog Banks,” and “Waves and the Wind’ tied themes like love and growing old to the primitive environment of her youth. She wrote “Into the Mist” (from her widely praised 2017 UK debut, Slør) about getting lost on a local mountain, Støðlafjall.  

Forthcoming record, Segl, Pálsdóttir’s ninth studio album since releasing her debut at just 17, builds on these motifs, exploring our journeys as humans, both metaphorically and physically. The title – meaning “sail” in Faroese – alludes to our desire for growth and direction and fate’s role in both. “You have to hoist your own sail,” she says, “but you cannot control the wind.” Thus, Segl explores the navigation between the soft and rough edges of life and the balance that must be struck between strength and vulnerability, dark and light. “How will you find calm in the chaos?”  

Pálsdóttir first immersed herself in music aged 13, fronting a trip-hop band after discovering seminal albums by Massive Attack and Portishead when they reached The Faroes. Gigs soon followed, including some held afloat, in pitch-black darkness, inside a huge cave on the island of Hestur. At 16, she quit school to move alone to Iceland to further her musical ambitions, releasing her self-titled debut album and relocating to Reykjavik to pursue classical singing training. Her dream was matched by success – two acclaimed albums followed soon after, and she has since won the Icelandic Music Prize (with her album Krákan), the first-non-Icelandic artist to do so, not once but twice.  

This led to international recognition and several opportunities. A move to Copenhagen, sync spots for her music across TV and film, including HomelandSilenceThe Last Kingdom and Game of Thrones, and the approval of contemporaries including John Grant and Ásgeir are all testament to the power and appeal of her music. Even the world of video games is not immune to her charms: she has collaborated on the soundtrack for Metal Gear Solid and appeared at Los Angeles’ E3 international gaming event in 2016, performing to a global audience of 50 million at the launch of God of War

About GusGus

Tastemakers of the scene for a quarter of a century, GusGus are one of the most beloved and longstanding electronic acts hailing from Iceland. Offering much more than just unparalleled musical mastery, the group has had its feet firmly spread across various sectors of the creative space since its inception and would sooner be classified as a multi-media art collective above all else. Perhaps their most defining quality has been a colorful history of mysterious dramas and last-minute collapses, woven amidst incredible apex moments that have undoubtedly made theirs one of the most compelling journeys of any electronic ensemble.  

After 25 years of music, memories and unforgettable live performances, GusGus unfolded into a new era with the announcement of their 2021 album. Rejuvenated and replete with creative aspiration, the collective welcomed Vök’s Margrét Rán as the newest member of the circus, calling upon her illustrious dream-pop vocals to launch a new chapter in the GusGus saga. Offering an immersive montage of short stories that will serve as their most ambitious and forward-thinking LP, Mobile Home echoes the world’s forgotten purpose, lost between distraction and material consciousness screens. This conceptual manifesto embodies GusGus and their world, a virtuous blend of masterful compositions and profound ideologies. 

Dates & Times

July 23
7pm – Vök
8pm – Eivør
9:30pm – GusGus

Venue

Concert Stage

Outdoors, Covered

Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay W.

Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

Keywords MusicPerformance