"An album from surely one of the best
singer - songwriters recently seen creeping out of a computer"
26 year old Mugison lives in Isafuroer
with his family who have spent the long nights of the Icelandic
winter stitching the sleeves for the first 10,000 copies of his
album Lonely Mountain.
There is a space in the sound of Lonely Mountain
which is undoubtedly due to his nationality. A bubbling undercurrent
of sound and song as though there is always something waiting,
geyser-like, to spring to the surface.
Mugison is a regular on the Icelandic live
circuit and made his UK live debut at the Accidental/Lifelike
party at Londons Plastic People earlier this year. He played at
The ICA with Manitoba as part of the Rough Trade weekend, is touring
Japan with fellow Icelanders Mum and the UK with Twisted Nerve
artist Luma Lee.
Sea Y will be released later this year as a
single with remixes from fellow Lifelike artist Phil Parnell and
Mugison takes up his story
"When I was forced to find Christ at the age of 13 my father
gave me an acoustic guitar. I have always been a lousy player
so it was only natural for me to write my own tunes so that way
people would not spot the mistakes. For some years I did all kinds
of funny jobs was a messenger boy on a bike during a tough
winter in Iceland, a sailor off the coast of Russia, worked on
a trolley [a very small boat] which had all the gadgets of a bond
car .. and recorded in my spare time on a 8 track tape machine.
In 2000 I did a little release called útbrot,
which I sold to friends and relatives and used that money to buy
a ticket to London and started to learn the art of recording.
In the Summer of 2002 I decided not to pay
any rent, instead spending the money to make a record. I got to
stay at various flats that my friends had - taking care of their
flats or rooms while they where on summer holiday in Ibiza. All
the songs on 'Lonely Mountain' have their own houses, the songs
are all connected to the people I was with at the time they were
being recorded. I try to make the songs more personal by recording
the 'accidental sounds' of something that has some relevance to
the topic of the song. For example the song Ear which is a very
chatty song, all the 'accidental sounds' are recordings of me
making coffee for my friend, the kettle boiling and the sound
of an instant coffee
the reason for this is only to give
the songs some more personal value."
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