Mógil is an Iceland-based band whose music blends folk, jazz, classical, minimal and post-rock into a universe that is completely their own. The lyrics are inspired by Icelandic folklore and current events and tell the emotional stories of humans and mermen alike.
The world of Mógil is atmospheric, intimate and mysterious. It is always warm, be it from the midnight sun in summertime or the blaze of a fireplace in wintertime. The tension between the crystal-clear soprano and the very contemporary accompaniment together make for a timeless sound that knows no borders.
Mógil is vocalist Heiða Árnadóttir, Hilmar Jensson on guitar, Joachim Badenhorst on clarinet, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir on viola and Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson on trumpet.
Mógil has performed at Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík Jazz Festival and WOMEX World Festival and done several tours of Northern Europe. They released Ró in 2008, followed by Í stillunni hljómar in 2011 and they just released their album Korriró in Iceland to be released in Europe in May 2016. Their music has been called “exquisite from beginning to end” (Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC) and proclaimed as “music that touches the soul” (The Silent Ballet, NYC).
The CDs have gotten some great reviews and here are a few quotes:
“Other good times included the spindly chamber-folk tensions of Mógil!”
Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke
“The music floats in a gauzy haze with the vocals delivered in a rich,soprano that has a folk-based earthiness, contrasting with the
very contemporary accompaniment. This not only gives the music ahealthy tension but also a timeless feel.”
The New York City Jazz record – NYC
“The best Belgian release at the moment”
Humo – Belgium
“Zusammen spielte das Quartett eine verzaubernde Musik”
Christoph Giese, Reykjavík Jazz festival
“Music for a new Iceland, Borderless genius”
MBL – Iceland
“I recommend Ró for listeners that are interested in looking beyond the
Folk Rodels – Belgium
“Music that touches the soul”
The silent ballet – NYC
“Ró sounds warm and adventurus”
De Morgen – Belgium
“The music is intelligent and creative, highly recommended!”
Psychedelic folk – NYC
“Ró is exquisite from the beginning to the end”
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery – NYC