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Bjarki — Happy Earthday (Feb. 15, 2019)

Bjarki — Happy Earthday (Feb. 15, 2019)Iceland Flag                             Bjarki — Happy Earthday (Feb. 15, 2019)Bjarki — Happy Earthday (Feb. 15, 2019)Ξ    Album obsahuje velmi osobní materiál napsaný během posledního desetiletí během „křehkých momentů introspekce“.
Ξ    Vzhledem k tomu, že hudba je pro Bjarkiho primárním mechanizmem řešení, zdá se, že by jednoho dne mohl všechno zabalit a odejít. „Doufám, opravdu tomu věřím,“ říká, jako by mluvil o hvězdné milence. „Ale já vůbec nevidím, že se to děje. Mým soustředěním teď je pochopit přírodu. Lidé musí rozumět přírodě, aby pochopili sami sebe.“
Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Album release: February 15, 2019
Record Label: !K7 Records/bbbbbb
Duration:     57:49
01. Blessuð Börnin   2:54 
02. Alone in Sandkassi   3:08 
03. ( . )_( . )   5:49 
04. Two~brainedness   1:26 
05. AN6912   5:35 
06. Healthy Texting   1:56 
07. Bheiv_sheep   5:36 
08. ANa5   3:11 
09. Cereal Rudestorm   5:02 
10. Salty Grautinn   2:21 
11. Sprinq 3~2   4:07 
12. Plastic Memories   4:24 
13. Lita og Leira   3:51 
14. Happy Screams   2:35 
15. UXI   5:54
Ξ    Born Bjarki Runar Sigurdarson in Reykjavik, Iceland, Bjarki is an electronic music composer whose tracks range from straightforward bangers to ambient and IDM.
Ξ    Bjarki has kept a low profile in releasing his music, until he met the Russian disc jockey Nina Kraviz in 2014 who became a fan of his tracks, and began releasing his archive on her label трип (Trip).
Ξ    Following several compilation appearances, Bjarki’s first proper release was the 2015 ‘Arthur And The Intergalactic Whales’, which included the simple yet effective ‘’I Wanna Go Bang’’, one of the year’s biggest club hits. The following year, Bjarki mined his extensive backlog of unreleased material with three LP’s for трип. The debut full~length Б appeared in June, with Lefhanded Fuqs and Æ following shortly afterwards.
Ξ    Bjarki debuted his new live AV show at Sonar Reykjavik earlier this year, and will be presenting it at selected festivals and venues throughout 2019.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 ~ 02:37
Ξ    Iceland’s Bjarki is so obsessed with making music, he’s forced himself to stop for a little while. Ahead of his new album ‘Happy Earthday’ which synthesises his passion for ambient, weird electronics and breakbeats, the cult producer opens up about his love of the natural world, conquering his demons, and how he swerves the conventional path...
Bjarki sighs deeply. “I had to try and escape.” Years of writing 10 tracks a day has taken its toll, and he’s finally reached breaking point. After 48 hours spent tracking him down, we eventually speak to the serious~natured Icelander in Brazil over an iffy internet connection, just before he heads into the Amazon. It’s somewhere he won’t be able to make music, however much he wants to. And that’s exactly the point.
Ξ    To this 28 year old, born Bjarki Runar Sigurðarson, making music has been an obsession, a way of escaping, a sense of therapy ever since his teenage years. He’s followed the same routine, day in, day out, and it only accelerated after 2015 when he was signed by Nina Kraviz for her Trip label. “I need to stop for my health,” he deadpans, despite admitting that making music is also what keeps him sane. “Being constantly in the studio is kind of unhealthy. You don’t do anything else.”
Ξ    It was on New Year’s Day that he realised. He played a gig at De School in Amsterdam. It “went well” and “was great”, but he ”kind of hated it”, because he didn’t sleep for 24 hours either side of the set. “I worked on music all the way to and from the sound~check, and thought, ‘Shit, I’m getting old, I can’t do this any more. It’s pain. I’m not a kid’.” He talks about making music in perfect English, but with an American lilt, and there is an almost palpable sense of pain in his voice when he does: it’s what he loves to do, but it’s also torturing him.
Ξ    “Some people are just in their heads all the time, I guess,” he says of why he feels he has to do it. Recently he says he got asked if he felt completely free in Iceland, a famously prosperous, peaceful and sparsely populated nation. “And I was like... free? What is freedom? Am I really free? Making music or creating, that’s when I feel free. If I don’t create, I go mad. I don’t know what to do with myself.” When his mind wanders and goes into overdrive, anxiety kicks in. “At the end of it all, we’re just a bunch of atoms and molecules interacting according to arcane mathematical rules. Our thoughts, our mind, our brain is our prison.”
Ξ    In order to stay out of his mental jail, these days Bjarki is trying to read more, research, “all kinds of things about the environment and nature’s law,” as well as eat more cucumber, drink more water and cut out all cheese. “I’ve never spoken about this before, but there was a point where I didn’t eat at all. When I’m making music, I’m basically always hungry. As soon as you eat, your energy changes, your focus is lost, and the moment is gone.”  Ξ https://djmag.com/
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Ξ    Bjarki showcases the full spectrum of his sound in ‘Happy Earthday’, touching on everything from  ambient, downbeat styles to proper Braindance in his hyper, melodic style for a fine away day from Nina K’s Trip and bbbbbb.
Ξ    „You can consider this album as a window into my head and even my soul. It reflects my thoughts at the time I made this music. For me it is a bit odd, sharing it like this with the world. As a very private person, I am not used to open my door so completely, it can be a little scary for me. What if … I tend to think, expecting all kinds of everything.“
Ξ    „Releasing this album is also a kind of a farewell to music I made in a certain period in my life. It’s like I’m saying farewell to a grown~up child which is now ready to leave.“
Ξ    „When facing the world, the music undergoes many changes from my point of view. It becomes global, ceased to be obeyed by my thoughts. Now it’s yours, the folks that listens, thinks, speculates about it, consumes, and develops a private opinion. Not one, or two, but many, even thousands. And your opinion is equally as „right“ as mine, or maybe more.“
Ξ    „That’s how art is. When published, the understanding or opinion is even more of the consumers than the artist. He has lost his control over it and for me that is the scary part. Again, what if.…“
Ξ    „My music is under a heavy influence from my inheritance as an Icelander, my upbringing, my family, surroundings and of course the music and artists I have listened to all my life. That’s how things are.“
Ξ    „Maybe you can feel the melancholy of my life, the nature overall. Volcanos and the lava flowing down the slopes, the frightening noise of the ocean beating the land, the strong wind in the mountain passes and a glimpse of the first ray of the rising sun over the glacier. Now that is the dawn of a new day.“ — Bjarki
Ξ    An expressive electronic album with the kind of positive, stirring resolve that leaves you feeling utterly comforted, Bjarki’s new album ‘Happy Earthday’ is influenced by his home country Iceland as well as environmental issues.
Ξ    Having released bodies of work on трип and his own label bbbbbb, Bjarki views ‘Happy Earthday’ as his proper debut album; he feels it’s a more coherent and conceptual body of work that finds him offering up music he never thought he would release. The album contains very personal material written over the last decade during fragile moments of introspection. Says Bjarki on the album:
Bandcamp: https://bjarki-official.bandcamp.com/album/happy-earthday

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