Haruko and Hlynur Godjonsson @ Exil (11-20-2009, Chemnitz/Germany)
This weekend was one of the best I ever had so far because I had the opportunity to see Haruko and Hlynur Gudjonsson live. On Friday they played a show at the Exil in Chemnitz/Germany and I for myself was more exited than ever. They started to play some songs together and than alternated playing their solo tracks whereby both of them played new material as well as tracks from their current releases (Haruko’s Wild Geese and Live EP and Hlynur Gudjonsson’s Death Was A Stranger EP).
To see Haruko perform their hovering and spheric songs live was such a great feeling especally since she is able to get all her heart and soul you find on the Wild Geese recording itself into the beautiful storys she tells right in front of you. I had the feeling on beeing at a mysterious journey guided by her angel-like voice and moony melodies. I’m sure words can’t describe it at all.
In comparison to Haruko, Hlynur Gudjonsson played a more restrained style with his sad and thoughtful songs. If you know his first release Live @ Folk artNow! you noticed that he went away a bit from what I called the country influences towards an own singer-songwriter style with wonderful fingerpicked melodies. His deep and dark voice is so intense that you totally sink into the tracks and forget the time and everything else surrounding you.
I can’t say it empathically enough that you have to see them both live if they play anywhere near you – you won’t forget it.
But this official concert was not the best of the weekend because the both of them promised us (me and some friends of mine) to play a privat show the other day (Saturday 11-21-2009) at Filmclub Mittendrin (also in Chemnitz) – ok, I knew they wanted to do so, because we spoke about this in the forefield, but to know that they really going to do it…just for us…wow!
As they arrived the other evening they said, that they were happy to play here for it would be an oppurtunity to show us the the full and pure sound of their music. And with this words they sat down, just them and their guitars, no electricity at all, and started playing. You can not imagine the beauty of the following two hours. I never ever heard such great and unbelievable music in such an intimate and enclosed atmosphere (it seemed that everybody stopped breathing). They sat in front of us, maybe two meters away, and played all the tracks the audience wanted to hear. To see the incredible Mountain Adventure by Haruko live was one of the outstanding moments but also Hlynur Gudjonsson’s new track Orphan (which he finished writing two weeks ago) was just not from this earth with the long instrumental parts and its tactfull referring to Songs: Ohia. And speaking of Songs: Ohia, they ended their concert with a wonderful duet covering Jason Molina before we all together went back to my place and had some beers and really nice talking with them until the early morning hours.
Hlynur Gudjonsson told me that he has finished recording a new album which will be released in the near future and that he is going to record the first tracks for the third one in December. Also, Gold & Silver Recordings is about to release a new folk complilation in the next days or weeks – so stay tuned and I will inform you of everything new.
Haruko and Hlynur Gudjonsson evidently proved with those two fantastic shows, that you can easily say they are the leading acoustic folk artists from Germany – and to say so is no exaggeration but the whole truth. To convince yourself of this fact, don’t hesitate to visist one of their upcoming shows and – by god – buy their music and support them! If you live near Chemnitz, memorize that they will come to Chemnitz again in Februray 2010 – we’ll meet there.
And shame on me that I had no better camera and I have to leave you with those few bad quality photos. Sorry.