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Worm is Green


Country of origin:

Iceland

Type of music generally:

Experimental alternative pop, ectronica

Status:

Most recent release, Loops, Cuts & Lost Clues : Volume Two (compilation, 2017); most recent release of new material, To Them We Are Only Shadows (2014)

See also:

Worm is Green site

Comparisons:

Massive Attack, Broadcast

Covers/own material:

Own and occasional covers

General comments:

I just got back from lovely iceland and have some new icelandic ectostuff to drool over...top on the list is the band Worm is Green. Lovely understated female vocals set against interesting mostly down-tempo electronica. (gordoja@optonline.net)

Comments about live performance:

Worm is Green at Grand Rokk, Reykjavik—one of the best concerts of the year. I adored Worm's set—I don't know how many computers the main guy was playing but he had a ton of gadgets—one of which looked like a LCD keyboard that was the size of one hand. Very very tasty. (9/03, gordoja@optonline.net)

Recommended first album:

Push Play

Recordings:

  • automagic (2002)
  • Push Play (2005)
  • Glow (2009)
  • To Them We Are Only Shadows (2014)
  • Loops, Cuts & Lost Clues : Volume One (compilation, 2016)
  • Loops, Cuts & Lost Clues : Volume Two (compilation, 2017)

automagic

Release info:

2002—TMT Entertainment

Availability:

Iceland, and various on-line sources

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of electronic music

Group members:

Arni Teitur Asgeirsson—programming, synthesizer
Bjarni þor Hannesson—sampler, synthesizer
þorsteinn Hannesson—drums
Vilberg Rafsteinn Jonsson—bass
Guðriður Ringsted—vocals

Guest artists:

Ragnar Kjartansson—vocals (5)
Birgir Hilmarsson—vocals, synthesizer (9)
Guili—guitar sample (8)
Jon þar—guitar sample (4)

Produced by:

Arni Teitur Asgeirsson; one track produced by Arni Teitur Asgeirsson, Bjarni Thor Hannesson, and Thorsteinn Hannesson

Comments:

This album is a little uneven. Its highs are terrific, but it has a few unmemorable tracks. It starts with an instrumental that shows inventiveness, but the band really shines for me when the vocals begin with the second track, "the robot has got the blues"—this is a brilliant song all over, from the weird noises to the wonderful vocals. By the third, with their cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart", I am hooked. I also really love "Undercover", the next track, but "Shine" and "Morning Song" are less impressive. "Sunday Session 3.04" and "drive thru" are both instrumentals, which I like, but personally I'm more drawn to vocals, so when "Outline" starts, my interest immediately picks up again even though it's a moody rather than lively piece. Then we're back to three instrumentals and finally "amazing things", a dreamy vocal piece to end on. (Neile)

Push Play

Release info:

2005

Availability:

Iceland, and various on-line sources

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of electronic music

Group members:

Arni Teitur Asgeirsson
Guðriður Ringsted
Vilberg Rafsteinn Jonsson
þorsteinn Hannesson
Bjarni þor Hannesson

Comments:

Push Play is more song-based than their first album, automagic, and thus is more consistently interesting to my ears. The overall sound is a little poppier, especially the single, "Electron John", which is a lot of fun (it has echoes to me of Nan Vernon's song "Iron John") and sounds a little tongue-in-cheek as actually all the lyrics on this album do—for example, the first track is called "Army of Them" and hey, they're from the same city as Björk. "You're Too Late Satan" is a particularly good moody song. In fact, this is a particularly good moody album with a couple of poppy moments. Recommended. (Neile)

Further info:

Email wormisgreen@gmail.com

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