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My Summer as a Salvation Soldier

Weird, depressing, difficult, honest, arrogant, humorous.. these are all words that have been used more often than not to describe the music made by Þórir Georg an Icelandic musician who has for the most part of the last decade spent his time playing with various bands and projects as well as making music on his own. Oddly enough these are the words that have been used more often than not to describe the artist himself. Þórir´s music isn´t the kind of music that jumps right at you. It isn´t the kind of music that will beat you over the head with what you are supposed to think or how it is supposed to make you feel. It´s subtle, minimal and often demanding.

Þórir has been prominent in the local hardcore punk scene since the early naughties and has, since 2004, also been making the rounds with his acoustic guitar as well as whatever instruments and players he felt like bringing along each time. His albums under his recently abandoned moniker My Summer as a Salvation Soldier have been well received and featured on many local publications year end best of lists. He´s released numerous albums and eps. Some on legendary local label 12 Tónar, some on other labels, and some he just did by himself. Having cut his teeth in the punk scene he has always favored the diy method for better or worse.

His music has been compared to just about every singer-songwriter/solo artist imaginable. Be it Lou Reed, Jonathan Ritchman, Bill Callahan, Neil Young, Jamie Stewart, Elliott Smith, Phil Elvrum, Will Oldham, etc.. His music is certainly rooted in the age old folk tradition but Þórir has never been shy to play with the format a little making it difficult to pinpoint. Being somewhat of a music obsessive he draws his influences from a great variety of styles and artists.

But as much as his albums have been praised the live setting is really where people have been paying attention. Going to a My Summer as a Salvation Soldier show you could never be sure if you´d see a guy play a few folk songs on an acoustic guitar, a full rock band blaring out crazy horse influenced noise or some a capella-effect-pedal experimentation. A tradition that will surely survive even if his old band name didn´t.

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