Seabear

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Seabear
Seabear.jpg
Seabear performing in Rotterdam
Background information
Origin Reykjavík, Iceland
Genres Indie folk,
Indie pop
Years active 2000 - Present
Labels Morr Music
Associated acts Sóley, Sin Fang, Mr. Silla, Kimono, Skakkamanage.
Website seabearia.com
Members Sindri Már Sigfússon
Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir
Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
Halldór Ragnarsson
Örn Ingi Ágústsson
Kjartan Bragi Bjarnason
Sóley Stefánsdóttir

Seabear is an Icelandic seven-piece indie-folk band from Reykjavík. Although hailing from Iceland, they sing primarily in English. They are signed to the Morr Music record label.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Seabear started as a one-man project of Sindri Már Sigfússon in 2003. Performing for some time as a trio from 2005, the band grew to seven pieces in 2006. Other members of Seabear are Halldór (Klúbba-Dóri) Ragnarsson, Örn Ingi, Sóley Stefánsdóttir, Kjartan Bragi Bjarnason, Guðbjörg Hlín and Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir.

The band's music has been described as "Sufjan Stevens meets an unplugged Arcade Fire" by Clash.[1] Sindri Már Sigfússon has been called the "Icelandic Beck" by Rolling Stone.

The band has toured Europe and the U.S. and played numerous festivals.

The Ghost That Carried Us Away (2007)[edit]

In 2007 Seabear released its debut album, The Ghost That Carried Us Away, on Morr Music.

Its best known song is "I Sing I Swim". It featured on Grey's Anatomy in 2010, and the video for the song has been viewed more than 1,500,000 times on YouTube.[2]

The song "Cat Piano", from The Ghost That Carried Us Away, was featured in a BBC advert for Finding Neverland, as well as on Gossip Girl in 2008 (Season 2, Episode 2).

We Built a Fire (2010)[edit]

Its second LP, We Built a Fire, was released in March 2010.

The song "Cold Summer", from We Built a Fire, was used in the closing scene of Episode 617 of Grey's Anatomy.

Other projects[edit]

All members of Seabear have other musical and visual art projects. In 2008, Ingibjörg stopped playing live with the band in order to concentrate on her career as a visual artist. In 2008, Sindri released his solo album Clangour under the name Sin Fang Bous; in 2011 he released his second solo album, Summer Echoes, and shortened his stage name to Sin Fang. Sóley is signed as a soloist to Morr Music. Kjartan is in a band called Kimono that has released three albums on Smekkleysa Records, a label founded by the The Sugarcubes. Dóri is a visual artist and was a member of Kimono from 2001–2007, releasing two albums with the band. He is also a member of Mr. Silla, which includes members of Kimono, Múm and Amiina. Örn Ingi plays in the band Skakkamanage. Inga and Sindri are also visual artists and, like Dóri, they have exhibited in solo and group shows in Iceland and abroad. Guðbjörg toured with Sigur Rós during their 2012 and 2013 live shows, as part of the Okkr Ensemble.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Singing Arc EP (Self-released)
  • While the Fire Dies EP (2010, Sound of a Handshake)

Singles[edit]

  • Teenage Kicks / Piano Hands 7" (2007, Morr Music)
  • Lion Face Boy / Cold Summer 7" (2009, A Number of Small Things)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seabear", Clash Magazine.
  2. ^ "Seabear on Grey's Anatomy", Myspace. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  3. ^ "The Okkr Ensemble Info", Facebook.

External links[edit]