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This Icelandic singer and programmer, one third of the electro-gothic trio Kaelan Mikla, was described to me as the local “high priestess of dark wave.” What I actually got was a loamy-alto vocal noir set in cello-register soundscapes played on an iPad: a tablet-age reincarnation of the post–Velvet Underground Nico, in the harmonium-wasteland setting of 1969’s The Marble Index and 1970’s Desertshore. Released in December, 2016, Unexplained Miseries sets Matthildur’s arias further back in the twilight – and drawing you with them.
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The counterpoint to Between Mountains on Sunday was Sólveig Matthildur. She performed solo, bathed in dramatic purple and red lighting and backed with heaving and twisting electronics. It was a gothic and foreboding brand of synth-pop fitting for the horrific weather that befell the festival’s end — a hellish mix of severe winds, rain, and snow that led to all flights being cancelled and the roads surrounding Reykjavik being shut down. If you were one of the lucky ones that escaped inside to the dark little club Matthildur was playing in, you would’ve found a set that channeled Zola Jesus-style apocalyptic, cosmic power.