Nóra traces its roots back to a dark garage on the west side of Reykjavik, Iceland. There, brother and sister Egill and Auður started making music back in 2006, along with their good friend Hrafn. The band was fully formed two years later when the trio was joined by Bragi and Frank. Their debut album, Er einhver að hlusta? was released in 2010 and was well received by critics and the public alike. Their charming and tight performances quickly gathered them a loyal following in the Reykjavik music scene. Bragi left the band in 2011 and was soon replaced by percussionist extraordinaire Óskar.


Nóra has a unique sound, characterized mainly by the interplaying vocals of brother and sister Egill and Auður, a dense soundscape made from various synths and samples topped with charming, if at times majestic, guitar and keyboard melodies. The band-members’ varying musical background and taste has led to a very diverse catalogue of original songs. Nóra’s influences include such acts as Radiohead, TV on the Radio, The Mars Volta, Pixies, Converge, Roy Orbison and Neil Young.

 

Nóra's second album, Himinbrim, was released in October 2012.

 

Members

Auður Viðarsdóttir: vocals / piano / synths

Egill Viðarsson: vocals / guitar / synths

Frank Arthur Blöndahl Cassata: guitar / mandolin / synths

Hrafn Fritzson: bass

Óskar Kjartansson: drums