M-Band

Live Act Electronic Music Techno Melodic
M-Band - Electronic Music Techno Melodic Live Act in Reykjavík // Berlin

M-Band Short Info

“A diverse collection of eight tracks which spans influences such as skippy 2-step, avant techno and glorious mechanical soul… rippling, billowing techno with a humane heart, and the visuals match the hypnotic, hallucinogenic music.” - Clash Magazine

"Like Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe swooning over a Planet Mu skitter, the record darts between stout kick drums, glitchy shuffles, murky trip-hop and widescreen ambience, at once balmy and chilling, generous and vulnerable." - Crack Magazine

"The slowly unfurling techno-with-soul is reminiscent of the kind of illuminating noise that Caribou puts out. "All Is Love" wields a strong, meaty pulse that you can shake your thang to, but it's also got a warm emotional core." - The Line of Best Fit

"The "M-Band" modus operandi is ethereal and beautiful, but also jarring and unexpected... more like the feeling of the unheimlich than epiphany, more uncanny than numinous." - The Quietus

“A hypnotic sound, gleaned from various corners of contemporary electronica, with songs built from minimal clicking rhythms, washes and whispers of ambient sound, haunting melodies, swells and crescendos” - Ja Ja Ja Music

“[M-Band] glows with sincere illustrations of wistful desire - intense, conscious, and full of nurture... willing to take a listener in with open arms and float to a warm haven.” - no fear of pop

“An artist who strives to maintain human elements alongside his intricately woven electronic backdrops... Bjarnason’s distinctive vocals lend a tender edge to his work.” - Nordic Playlist

"A striking, absorbing, rich and wonderfully dense creation which mirrors the the night in all of its beguiling beauty. The rush and hush, the burning heart of it all... a truly captivating world" - Gold Flake Paint

"A cardinal masterpiece of contemporary music... an audio Sistine Chapel." - Joyzine

"The coordinates of the musical universe of Hörður Már Bjarnason are faith, hope and love... eight tracks in which he dances playfully through space and time, interweaving his almost weightless tenor vocals with bass gravity." - Spex

M-Band is the solo-project of the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Hörður Már Bjarnason. His music combines beat-driven nu-electronica with his heart wrenching tenor vocals, and has been described by many as atmospheric, captivating and dreamy. He works with a wide variety of influences, ranging from house and R’nB, to Arabian and Eastern-European world and folk music, but in the end his music is more than anything distinctively his own. His live setup consists of analog synthesizers, drum machines, samplers and loopers, enabling him to deliver a powerful and complex live rendition of his music.

Despite his young age, M-Band has had a prolific and diverse musical carreer. A classically trained pianist, he started his alternative music career playing with various bands in his hometown, a rural village in the South of Iceland, but soon found his way to the capital city, where he joined Retrobot, (winners of the 2012 Icelandic Battle of the Bands), and later, the electro-pop ensemble Nolo. Aside from performing as M-Band, he also collaborates with the electronic musician Tonik.

M-Band’s debut LP, Haust (trans: Autumn), is a collection of eight tracks that exist in a twilit late-night space. Be it an empty freeway, a crowded dancefloor, or a rooftop out under the stars, Haust presents a series of engrossing and affecting nocturnal atmospheres.

“A diverse collection of eight tracks which spans influences such as skippy 2-step, avant techno and glorious mechanical soul… rippling, billowing techno with a humane heart, and the visuals match the hypnotic, hallucinogenic music.” - Clash Magazine

"Like Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe swooning over a Planet Mu skitter, the record darts between stout kick drums, glitchy shuffles, murky trip-hop and widescreen ambience, at once balmy and chilling, generous and vulnerable." - Crack Magazine

"The slowly unfurling techno-with-soul is reminiscent of the kind of illuminating noise that Caribou puts out. "All Is Love" wields a strong, meaty pulse ...

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Past Gigs M-Band

  • 11 | 2015 Fluxbau, Berlin Ja Ja Ja Germany
  • 11 | 2015 Molotov, Hamburg Ja Ja Ja Germany
  • 11 | 2015 Tjarnarbíó, Reykjavík Iceland Airwaves 2015
  • 10 | 2015 Sala Apolo, Barcelona Días Nordícos
  • 10 | 2015 Joy Eslava, Madrid Días Nordícos
  • 09 | 2015 Kantine am Berghain, Berlin Festisvall Fünf
  • 09 | 2015 Stichting Mediamatic, Amsterdam Festisvall Fünf
  • 09 | 2015 Ost-Apotheke, Leipzig Festisvall Fünf
  • 08 | 2015 Gaukurinn, Reykjavík Innipúkinn
  • 05 | 2015 Kontenerart, Poznan OTWARCIE
  • 04 | 2015 Radost FX, Prague M-Band Live // Josef Sedlon DJ Set
  • 03 | 2015 Playhouse, Norwich M-Band // GoodMoonDeer UK Tour
  • 03 | 2015 The Green Store Door, Brighton M-Band // GoodMoonDeer UK Tour
  • 03 | 2015 The Old Blue Last, London M-Band // GoodMoonDeer UK Tour
  • 03 | 2015 The Bullingdon, Oxford M-Band // GoodMoonDeer UK Tour
  • 02 | 2015 Point Éphémère, Paris Festival Air D'Islande
  • 02 | 2015 Harpa, Reykjavík Sonar Reykjavík 2015
  • 01 | 2015 Stereolux, Nantes Eruption
  • 01 | 2015 Pumpenhaus, Münster AV Picknick
  • 01 | 2015 Patio Theater, Groningen Eurosonic Noorderslag 2015
  • 12 | 2014 Húrra, Reykjavík
  • 11 | 2014 Gamla Bíó, Reykjavík Iceland Airwaves 2014
  • 11 | 2014 Harpa, Reykjavík Iceland Airwaves 2014
  • 11 | 2014 The Stillery, London
  • 07 | 2014 Michelbecker, Berlin Extreme Chill Festival
  • 06 | 2014 Húrra, Reykjavík 'Haust' Release Concert
  • 05 | 2014 Harpan, Reykjavík Einfarar
  • 04 | 2014 Held, Leipzig Festisvall
  • 03 | 2014 Kultuurikatel, Tallinn Tallinn Music Week
  • 12 | 2013 Harlem, Reykjavík 19. Des
  • 11 | 2013 Harlem, Reykjavík Iceland Airwaves '13

Discography M-Band

  • 2014 Haust Album | Bjash Records/Raftónar
  • 2012 EP EP | Bjash Records

Media

  • Video M-Band - Ever Ending Never ...
  • Video M-Band - All Is Love (Offic...
  • Video M-Band // Launch // Live @H...

Origin

  • Reykjavík // Berlin IS

Founded

  • 2012

Members

  • Hörður Már Vocals, Electronics