Blagresi (kann für Wald-Storchschnabel stehen – gemeint ist aber „Bla“ für „Blue“ und „Gresi“ oder „Grass“) ist eine junge Band aus Island.
Bekanntester Mitstreiter ist wohl Daniel Audunsson von ARSTIDIR.
Im nordisch verträumten Country / Bluegrass vertonen sie Gedichte des isländischen Schriftstellers Einar Mar Gudmundsson, der unter anderem mit dem Nordischen Preis 2012 der schwedischen Akademie ausgezeichnet wurde.
Auch politisch ist Einar sehr engagiert. In der Finanzkrise 2008 und dem Beinahe Staatsbankrott Islands griff der Schriftsteller die verantwortlichen Politiker mit scharf an.
- Tinna Marina Jonsdottir am Gesamg
- Daniel Audunsson – Akustische Gitarre und Gesang
- Leifur Björnsson – Akustische sowie elekttische Gitarre, Klavier, Hammon Orgel und Gesang
- Unterstützt wird das Trio an den Drums von Bassi Olafsson, Electric und Double Bass von Ottar Saemundsen, Slide Guitar und Banjo von Petur Halgrimsson und Unnar Birna Björnsdottir an Geige und Backgroundgesang.
Herausgekommen sind 10 wunderschöne Songs, die mal verspielt, verträumt und tanzbar daherkommen.
Blagresi über die Songs:
The title of the album “Hvað er himininn brotnar.. “ means “What if the sky will brake… “ and is a reference to a line in one of the lyrics.
All the lyrics on the album are written by Einar Mar Guðmundsson, all songs except track no. 1 and old folk song, are written by the band.
- 'Við gaflinn' – 'By the bedside'
An old folk song from North america. The song paints a rather morbid picture of an abandoned fishing village is Iceland.
- 'Stjörnur hlæja' – 'Stars are laughing'
is inspired by an old poem by Jonas Hallgrimsson where he is missing his beloved and can't wait to see her. In this case the person missing his loved one is an inmate in an icelandic prison. He closes his eyes and in his mind travels to the mountain where his loved one waits, but then a cloud casts a shadow and he is back in his prison cell.
- 'Ég hef eignast von' – 'I was given hope'
Is about how it is always darkest before the dawn, also in a persons mind.
- 'Pensildrættir blámans' – 'Brush strokes of the blue'
It is about the fierce icelandic nature that can also be very beautiful, also very unforgiving. The lyrics were recycled from an old poem of Einar's.
- 'Alltaf sama sagan' – 'The same old story'
Here we have some heavy Halldor Laxness references about the division of power in todays society. It is very political, your injustice is bad but your justice is worse.
- 'Vekjum heiminn' – 'Wake up the world'
Very poetic lyrics. I have discussed the meaning of these lyrics with Einar and he says it is up to each person to understand them in their own way. In my mind it is about childhood and how complicated existence is to a child, and when we become adults we see that being a child is not at all complicated and free of responsibility.
- 'Gleymdu þeim ekki' – 'Do not forget them'
We are nothing without our memories so don´t forget. They will keep coming to you with the eternity in their eyes, bright and clear.
- 'Ljós úr draumi' – 'Light from a dream'
It is about the importance of keeping hope at all times.
- 'Allt svo gamalt ekkert nýtt' – 'Everything so old, nothing new'
It's a story about love, and the wonders of love. If love is such a mystery, how can you say that everything is so old and nothing new under the sun?
- Þessar blóðrauðu varir' – 'These bloodred lips'
A strong reference to the cold war. The original poem that these lyrics are worked from is called “cold war blues” and it describes a cold war scenario. It describes a woman that I personally think is Marilyn Monroe, and Einar has indicated that is the case.
Hvad Ef Himininn Brotnar