Iceland’s VAR Releasing 4-Song EP ‘Live at Orgelsmidjan’ this Friday, January 15 via Spartan Records
This Friday, January 15, Spartan Records partners once again with Iceland’s VAR for the release of an exclusive, live four-song EP titled ‘Live at Orgelsmidjan’, featuring brand new live versions of tracks off the band’s critically acclaimed 2020 album ‘The Never-Ending Year.’
Pre-save link: https://orcd.co/varlive
Such a compelling outfit, VAR immerse themselves in fragile rhythms and engulfing waves of ferocity. The audience finds themselves pulled into the far-reaching vision of this captivating band. “Where To Find You” embraces this essential intensity and wraps the urgency with emotive and heartfelt affection found in the vocal harmonies that soar above the buoyant and ardent instrumentation.
The EP was recorded at Orgelsmidjan, Iceland’s only pipe organ workshop, which also serves as the band’s practice space.
“After releasing an album and having no chance to play it live, we felt like we had to do something to give people at least a little taste of us playing these songs live,” says Júlíus Björgvinsson (vocals/guitar/keys).
“VAR has always been about playing live and we always give everything we have to make the tension between us and the audience both peaceful and powerful. But since we could not play it live for people, we decided to make these live videos of us playing the songs at the organ workshop where we practice. We got our producer Eiður to do the sound for the videos and when he sent us the audio files Arnór brought that idea of releasing a live EP, because people had been asking us to do so. We were happy with the sound Eiður got from the session and how far it is from how the album sounds. It’s powerful, it’s raw and it’s honest. And that is VAR.”
Where To Find You (Live)
By The Ocean (Live)