The big day has come, Wonderful Secrets is finished, ready, and available for you. Here is a bit of history:
Toggi has been a quite influential figure on the Icelandic music scene for the last 5 years, or since the release of his debut album Puppy late in 2006. The album received glowing reviews in the Icelandic press and sold well for a debut album. It spawned 4 crossover hits on Icelandic radio stations and was nominated to the Icelandic music awards (for best cover art, but a nomination is a nomination). Most of Toggi's adventures can be found on this site, just do a quick search...
Wonderful Secrets has a bigger, more dynamic sound to it than Puppy, and takes quite a different direction lyricly. Where Puppy was more sincere and sweet, the new material has more humour in it and packs a heavier punch. It touches on darker themes, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, insecurities, death and of course, the Icelandic economic crisis. Each of the lyric stells a meaningful story, just as they should.
We like extras and b-sides a lot ourselves, so with the 14 track 'Wonderful Secrets', you can purchase 12 song digital album titled 'Private Confessions & Clumsy Poetry', consisting of acoustic versions of popular songs, demos and b-sides. And if you are really clever, you can buy Puppy, Wonderful Secrets and 'Private Confessions And Clumsy Poetry' together in what is aptly named 'The Smart Bundle'.
All songs (apart from the b-sides) are available as single downloads on iTunes, Bandcamp and tonlist.is. Physical CDs are only available in Iceland as per now, but you can order them directly if you send us an e-mail. Oh, and remember that some of the songs are still free on this site, .:such as this one:.
We hope you enjoy:
We just finished music and sound design for this rather spiffy new commercial for Kristall+ enriched sparkling water.
The spot was directed by Reynir Lyndal for Pegasus, and on our behalf, Don Pedro took care of music and got to do the sound design as well to complement the music, but did not get a dancing part in the commercial, strangely enough.
Rather nice, innit?
Coca-Cola® proudly support the Icelandic national soccer team for the upcoming Under-21 European Football Championship.
As this was in no way intended to be a secret, Agency Vatikanið conceived a campaign featuring our most promising players in their natural habitat. The ad was directed by Hannes Thor, and produced by Smalinn&Sons.
We got the challenge to produce an epic football song, stadium style. Arnar took on the job, and delivered a song we have been chanting in the corridors since.
We then got the opportunity to sound design the spot as well, putting a lot of effort into letting sound design and music complement each other for a truly 'big' soundtrack. Not minimalistic work, this.
Now, we do this for a living, but there is something a little special about getting your work approved by one of the biggest brands in the world, when you are a small company In Iceland. And we think the spot turned out very nicely, don't you?
After many years as a successful session bass player, Jan Holberg decided it was high time to start writing and producing his own music. The Jan Holberg Project was born.
Jan recruited top musicians he admired for collaboration, his dream team included Joe Lynn Turner (of Rainbow, Deep Purple and Malmsteen fame), Mezzoforte drummer Gulli Briem, and keyboardist Eyþór Gunnarsson, as well as guitarist Skjalg Mikaelsen Raaen.
Sense Of Time was released on March 28th, and the Jan Holberg Project are touring Norway live as this is written.
A quick google search found us a pleasant quote regarding the mix from this review: "After having listened to the album a first time, I was knocked down by the perfect sound, something that is absolutely necessary for this kind of soft rock albums". We couldn't agree more :-)
It's not hard for anyone living in Iceland to understand where the inspiration for 'Let Them Bleed' came from.
Our super-overextended banking system, run and fuelled by the greed and debt of a handful of billionaires exploded, leaving the Icelandic state with enormous debts for future generations.
Immediately afterwards our government was overthrown following mass street protests. In other words, interesting times, as the Chinese curse would have it.
Here, as in the rest of the world, the greedy banksters that caused this global crash are all still rich, still walking free among us, while normal people are enslaved by their actions. And while the title of the song is not to be taken literally, people around the world are calling out for justice for those who gamble with their futures. The Banksters.
As before, the only thing we ask you in return to share this page and help us spread the word, using all social media tools available to you.
Let Them Bleed can be found on Toggi's 'Wonderful Secrets'. Please check out the album here and buy it if you like it:
We also have some CDs left that you can buy directly from the artist, signed if you want. You will also get the full download, of course. Send us an .:e-mail here:. and we'll sort you out.
Listen to The Artist, Wonderful, Silly Old Song , Take Me Dancing and I Built This House by pressing your pointing device of choice upon the song titles. We even have a full version if Toggi's debut album 'Puppy' for free and easy listening.
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