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VAR Debuts New 4-Song Audiotree International Session

March 31, 2021
Photo credit: KRÍA

Iceland’s VAR Debuts New 4-Song Audiotree International Session; ‘Live at Orgelsmidjan’ EP Out Now Via Spartan Records

Iceland’s VAR is debuting a new 4-song session on Audiotree. The performance consists of the tracks featured on their recent ‘Live at Orgelsmidjan’ EP, (studio versions of which appear on the band’s critically acclaimed 2020 LP ‘The Never-Ending Year.’) and was filmed at Orgelsmidjan, Iceland’s only pipe organ workshop, which also serves as the band’s practice space.

Audiotree Session Tracklist:

1. By The Ocean

2. Where To Find You

3. Moments

4. Highlands

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. The new film above is simply moving, VAR have perfected their beautiful instrumentations and this will haunt you. Let yourself become immersed by the developing tones and the forcible yet harrowing vocal notes. The atmopshere will hook you.

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.”

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