About the album: Tor is influenced by the mystical sounds of Glastonbury, a remote town in Somerset, in the SouthEastern part of England. Glastonbury is surrounded with goddesses, landscape Zodiacs, ancient myths, holy relics and heroic legends – dating back to the middle ages. The holy Glastonbury Tor was a center for pilgrimage, and has been associated with the Avalon, and identified with King Arthur and the holy grail.
Tor was mostly written in Glastonbury, during a week long residency in 2016. The tunes were then recorded and produced in various remote parts of Iceland, and finally finished off in Harpa´s studio, as well as in Studio Bambus with Stefán. The soundscape consists of mystical sounds, dreamy mantra vibes, tweaky beats and heavy synths with a touch of Grúska Babúska´s signature wonky soundscapes.. The lyrics are in Icelandic and orchestrate the stuckness of the past, new life and death, regrets and it´s healings, mindfulness and a deep longing for the now.
All tracks written & produced by: Grúska Babúska
Additional recordings and mixing by: Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson, Studio Bambus
Mastered by: Árni Grétar
Artwork by: Skaði Þórðardóttir
(c) Möller Records 2018
Grúska Babúska released their debut album in March 2013 with the UK label Static Caravan, on a usb babushka doll, co-produced by Mike Lindsay (Tunng) and mixed at Greenhouse studios in Iceland. At Iceland Airwaves in 2013, they released their B-sides in wooden babushkas containing a download code to 4 tunes. In 2015 Grúska Babúska released their 5 video series, where each single was accompanied with a video, all directed by female filmmakers and artists. In October 2016 Grúska Babúska stayed for a week in Glastonbury, UK, under the influence of goddesses and other new age influences, writing and recording tunes for a new album. The first single, Refurinn, was released in May 2018. A video to the single was produced by Vinnslan. The album as a whole is released on the 1st of September 2018 with Möller Records.
© Möller Records 2018
Möller Records was founded in 2011 by electronic musicians Jóhann Ómarsson (aka Skurken) and Árni Grétar (aka Futuregrapher) and has now become the leading force in Icelandic Electronic music with releases by many of Iceland’s most notable and influential artists.