Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson ICELAND
Multitalented instrumentalists and musicians Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson have forged a musical lane all their own with a genre-defying sound. Together they have formed a band called HUGAR, combining their shared passion for music.
The longtime friends and natives of Seltjarnarnes, the smallest township in Iceland, just outside of Reykjavík, began writing music together in 2013. Through a series of impromptu sessions, Bergur and Pétur recorded and released their independent self-titled debut "Hugar" the following year, making it available for free on their website. The sweepingly multi-layered and ethereally ambient album quickly amassed an organic following of listeners and has since racked up over 30 million streams worldwide on Spotify alone.
A mere six years later, on the strength of that self-released free download, they have collaborated with Iceland’s leading like minded artists (Björk, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds and Jóhann Jóhannson) and earned international praise from the likes of The Independent, Rolling Stone, Clash, KEXP and The Line of Best Fit; racked up 52 million streams and counting. They have also released a fully formed major-label debut, "Varða", on Sony Music Masterworks.
Bergur and Petur recently released their soundtrack album for the film “The Vasulka Effect”. It is a mix between a soundtrack and a regular album as they decided to keep working on the music after the scoring was finished and turn it into an album. It is out on all platforms via Sony Music Masterworks and a vinyl is coming soon.