Good Moon Deer is an experimental electronic music project spearheaded by Guðmundur Ingi Úlfarsson. The name is a play on his oft-mispronounced forename, Guðmundur, which is difficult for non-Icelanders to get out, resulting in a plethora of variants including Good Moon Deer. The sound is a tightly-wound, glitchy take on electronica, featuring elements of improvisation – Good Moon Deer live sets can develop in any direction based on the mood of the room, and are sometimes punctuated by live percussion, bridging the gap between contemporary electronic music and jazz improvisation.
After a period of refinement and incubation, Good Moon Deer is now emerging from its chrysalis, performing live at festivals including Sónar Reykjavík, Iceland Airwaves and Reykjavík Music Mess, as well as showcases and introductory tours of the UK and Germany. The band’s creativity and propulsive energy has caught the ear of discerning bloggers and critics, including the UK’s CLASH magazine, who noted that “Good Moon Deer seethes and writhes with a rare sense of creativity.”
In his day-to-day life, Guðmundur is a graphic designer and typographer. His crisp visual style bleeds into his music practise, with a certain tidiness to the improv-chaos, and a copy-paste approach to sampling. His live show often features visuals that mirror the style of the music, giving the project an impressive coherence.