May 20, 2024

Paddan (members of Sugarcubes, KUKL) release debut EP ‘Fluid Time’


Paddan (members of Sugarcubes, KUKL) release debut EP ‘Fluid Time’

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(Photo by Sigtryggur Ari Johannsson) Out now is Paddan’s new EP “Fluid Time” on the Washington D.C.-based label Lovitt Records. We already reported about this release in March when a first track was revealed, and now the full EP is out. Behind Paddan we find the Icelandic musicians Birgir and Sigtryggur (members of Sugarcubes, KUKL).

Birgir and Sigtryggur formed Paddan during the 2010s, and their EP “Fluid Time” has been inspired by their perception of time and space. Birgir Mogensen says, “As a duo, we trusted our musical intuition and were guided by allowing the first idea to remain unchanged during the recording process.”

Recorded, produced, and arranged by the pair, Sigtryggur and Birgir play basses and drums along with various other instruments. All recordings are played on live instruments except a modular synth which is programmed in the background of two tracks The duo is joined by the harmonica and lap steel player Gaukur Davidsson on “Vaguely” and “Bug”, and trumpet player Eirikur Orri Ólafsson on “Splash”, not to mention Vaccines bassist Arni Hjörvar Árnason on mixing duties for the tracks “Bug,” “Splash”, and “Kokka”, and sound-mixer Albert Finnbogason on “Vaguely”.

The release is also out as a 12″ vinyl.

About Paddan

Paddan’s Sigtryggur Baldursson and Birgir Mogensen are lifelong friends from Kópavogur, Iceland, who started as mates on the local football team, then graduated to making music together as teenagers, and even later as young men doing time in the experimental punk collective KUKL, from 1983 – 1986. KUKL was populated by survivors of the post-punk scene in Iceland in the early 80s, which is well documented in the film “Rock in Reykjavik” from 1982.

The band was released by the Crass collective in London and featured members, apart from Birgir and Sigtryggur, like Guðlaugur Óttarsson, Einar Melax, Björk and Einar Örn, some of whom would become better known later in outfits like the Sugarcubes and their respective solo work and other collaborations.

Sigtryggur has a long career in music, having worked with among others, Emiliana Torrini, Howie B, Les Negresses Vertes, Tomas R. Einarsson, Petur Ben, KK, Kaktus Einarsson, and many many others. He also produces an award-winning documentary music show for RUV called Hljómskálinn.

Birgir Mogensen is a classically trained classical guitarist and bass player who has worked through the years with artists ranging from KUKL to Killing Joke to Spilafifl and Inferno5.

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