dj. flugvél og geimskip (Airplane and Spaceship) is the solo project of Steinunn Hardardottir that
draws influences from a thousand worlds.
Defined as electronic horror music with a space twist,
the music is a mix of playful beats, cool bass, catchy melodies and high pitched vocals.
Her live performances are colorful and
poetic and her music deals with mysteries, dreams and dangers of the night.
The concerts are like a strange blend of music, horror stories, poetry and theater. The mood is set by storytelling
between songs, the use of incense, smoke, lights and a backdrop video. The audience is left
feeling like they are in a vivid dream or have travelled to outer space.
dj. flugvél og geimskip released her third album in 2015; Nótt á hafsbotni (Night at the Bottom of the Ocean), where
the topic is the deep ocean. Her last album, Glamúr í geimnum (Glamour in Space) was all
about the magic of space. Nótt á hafsbotni is a heavier album then Glamúr í geimnum but the
beats are dancier and the melodies are influenced by Asian music, for example from India and
Syria. The album won the Icelandic Kraumur Music Awards in 2015, was nominated as the Best
Pop Album at the Icelandic Music Awards 2015 and received raving reviews from both Uncut
and The Arts Desk amongs others.
"Incredibly special, like a solo Animal Collective"
- Les Inrocks after Iceland Airwaves 2015 (06/11/2015)
"Nott A Hafsbotni would be a wonderfully weird trip to an alien world in any language. In the
singsong lilt of unalloyed Icelandic, it’s sensational."
- The Arts Desk
"Despite being made up of a plethora of warm transients and analogue instrumentation, the
album’s texture is unconventionally abrupt and irrational. After establishing tension,
"Draugalestin" doesn’t exactly explode but rather writhes and wriggles, never allowing the
listener to digest its nuances. "
-Line of Best Fit review 9/10
“Utterly charming and hugely entertaining, she could have taught The Knife a thing or two about
staging and The Flaming Lips that spectacle can also work on an intimate scale.”
-The Arts Desk
Sometimes an artist’s recorded output cannot adequately prepare you for the experience of
seeing them live, and Iceland’s dj. flugvél og geimskip is the perfect example. She bounces onto
the stage looking like a cross between Lauren Mayberry and Björk, her pile of synths decorated
with gold streamers and topped off with a colourchanging discoballlightthing. What follows
almost feels like a piece of performance art dj. flugvél taking on the role of a bizarre storyteller,
spinning wonky electronica into tales of evil cats, deals with the devil, spaceships, being cloned
by aliens and I swear to God I'm not making this up. She’s quite clearly in a world of her own,
but dj. flugvél og geimskip is very accommodating of visitors, so you might as well stay a while.
- Drowned in Sound
“Her vocal register seem to suggest some kind of MiddleEastern musical influence, the
electronics some oddball Jpop influence, and the project as a whole suggests she's possibly
picking up some kind of outerspace influence. Memorable.”
- The 405
“We dip in and out of a few other shows, but our final treat of this year’s festival turns out to be
DJ. Flugvél og Geimskip, a slip of a girl who plays bonkers cyborg space music of crazily
highpitched vocals, glitchy dancing and earsplitting electronics. It’s mystical, mischievous and
“...there's always something rewarding about seeing someone do exactly what they want.”
- Dazed Digital