Calder was formed in Iceland when the paths of Lárus Sigurðsson and Ólafur Josephsson crossed. They decided to join forces and the result was a 5 track album of improvised, experimental, dreamy electric guitar music.
“Calder” was released through Ólafur´s Vogor Recording outfit and later picked up by Unlabel in the UK for their Series52 releases in a very limited pressing.
Lárus' background is in classical music and musical instrument making. He has played with various Icelandic musicians and self-released a handful of solo material which can be best described as guitar-based ambient with acoustic elements and new musical instruments. His album "Jarðhörpusálmar"
was entirely improvised on his own designs and creations of musical instruments, recorded by the affable producer Valgeir Sigurðsson.
Ólafur Josephsson has been experimenting with ambient guitar arrangements under the Stafrænn Hákon moniker since 1999. He has released his music through his own Vogor Recordings, Resonant Label, Nature Bliss, Chat Blanc, Secret Eye and Awkward Silence, with the music progressing and being increasingly refined since his first album "Eignas Jeppa" in 2001.
After the creative success of their debut, a second album by Calder was inevitable. The process began in 2005 when Lárus and Ólafur started exchanging ideas, shaping and molding their music, with the material being composed in a very collaborative way. Lárus handed Ólafur the acoustic melodic ideas he had come up with and Ólafur added his electric elements to the songs, which gradually acquired shape, depth and life. With this new music, melody, structure and beats have come more to the fore, although the beautiful and haunting guitar atmospherics are still evident, running like a thread through the album. 2008 saw the completion of this process and the result has been entitled "Lower" and can best be described as a fusion of experimental, ambient, classical and acoustic music