12 Dec 2015

heklAa’s Icelandic post-rock tunes: “Songs in F”


If the compositions are very strong, if the music well written, sometimes one man can sound like an orchestra. We would like to introduce a very gifted artist we signed this September. Meet heklAa, a post-rock solo project of the French composer Sébastien Touraton.

“All the memories and feelings that I gathered during my two trips in the breathtaking Iceland became my musical raw material for this EP. “Songs in F” tells how Iceland has become my home, my mental refuge.” says heklAa.

The project has started after a second and unforgettable trip in the beautiful Iceland. He was there in April as the volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupted, stuck with his wife and daughter. Nobody knew how long people would have to stay but the news was talking about a six months eruption… The minute Sébastien was back in France, he felt that he had to convert this experience into music. heklAa was named after a volcano, not the one which erupted, but it would have been much more complicated to write and say Eyjafjallajokull, right?

Iceland is made of mountains, lakes, volcanos, of green and dark oceAns. This is where the world was born and where it will die when “thousAnds of comets will fAll down on eArth” (song title from the album). The last tune that will remain will be the deep voice of “steindor Andersen”. But before that, he will go “bAck to jokulsArlon” and live there for the rest of his life.

Songs in F is the album where you cand find his inner landscapes. Besides the scenery, post-rock, first of all through the brilliant – and of course Icelandic- band “Sigur Ros”, as well as movie music and new classical artists impacted a lot on the composing and shaping of the four tracks. The EP fluctuates between warm and cold, shadow and light, serenity and threat, just like the island.

These days are not the very good times of this old planet, also of France. If you still can be hopeful about the days to come let’s remember this old saying “If there are people, there is hope”.

Listen, buy or download this album