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Shed Your Skin

by Högni

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Les Adventures de President Bongo is a unique work of art that will reveal itself over the next seven years, give or take, in the form of 24 LP's.

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Les Aventures de President Bongo 2/24

Release date: May 16th, 2018

Label: Radio Bongo 

Distribution: Kompakt

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Saga:

Amidst destruction on the mainland, the two locomotives Minør and Pionér transported wagons full of rock and gravel to the Icelandic seaside during the construction of the Reykjavík harbour in 1913- 1917. The two metallic giants ushered in a new age in Iceland. However, soon after construction ceased the two trains were parked and have never drivensince. Minør is on display near the waterfront and Pionér stands lifeless in an outdoor museum on a hill. They are the only trains ever to have graced the Icelandic landscape. Now they only serve to remind us of the grandeur of a bygone future. At the dawn of the 21st century – again, tumultuous times – we allow ourselves to dream of new Minørs and Pionérs capable of pulling the tremendous weight of the past strewn all around us and putting it towards constructing an ambitious future. 

 

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Credits:

All tracks written by Högni Egilsson, Atli Bollason & Stephan Stephensen except Andaðu by Högni Egilsson, Atli Bollason & Framtíð færist nær by Davíð Þór Jónsson & Stephan Stephensen

Vocals by Högni Egilsson

Lyrics by Atli Bollason

Produced by President Bongo

Male choir by Fóstbræður

Conducted by Árni Harðarson

Choir recorded by Aron Arnarsson at Vatnagarðar

Treated piano by Davíð Þór Jónsson

Live percussion by Ólafur Björn Ólafsson

Guitar by Aaron Roche

Violin by Viktor Orri Árnason

Strings performed by members of The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra

Strings arranged and conducted by Högni

Mixed by Addi 800 & President Bongo

Mastered by Jörg Burger

Photography by Stephan Stephensen

LAPB silhouette by Gabríel Patay & Linda Loeskow

Design by Paul Mcmenamin 

 

Supported by Hljóðritasjóður, IMX and Stef