introducing Kippi Kaninus

by juicyfrog

2004 was the holy year the frog went to its homeland made of volcanoes, glaciers and gorgeous puffins. during the very summer of this year, i fully comprehended that what one could enjoy and refer as “noise” was actually a sound, which in turn could actually be music. what a revelation for a young music addict who was at that time crazy about Múm‘s Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK.

and this is precisely at 12 Tónar shop in Reykjavik that the frog discovered the excellent Kippi Kaninus, with Huggun (2002) and I Am A Good Boy (2004).

the music of Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson (aka Kippi Kaninus) enchanted me with his soft organic electronica, organic and inner-searching, as if penetrating within the inside, listening to pencils being sharpened, exploring bings bangs bongs on the rim of a cooking pot, scratching the inside part of a walnut… and travelling beyond the possible and common borders of instrument sound.

whereas Kippi’s first albums played along glacial, minimalist and hypnotic fields, you could capture the beauty of deforested landscapes where a clear desire to experiment things in a cheerful way was palpable. neither pretentious nor depressive, Huggun was a modest and promising act. in 2005 came Happens Secretly, from which arouse a new meditative soundscape, where warmer cinematic landscapes (the fantastic whyshouldtheyounghavefaith) and heady melodies were filled with rich structured layers.

as Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson slipped out of this one-man project to convey amiina tender electronic shades (from 2009), i wondered whether this would give Kippi a new impetus. and you just can’t imagine how happy the frog felt, when it discovered on KEXP this fantastic Kippi Kaninus’ session dating 2013 and announcing a new album.


Temperaments was indeed released in late february on Mengi and clearly takes the shape of a joyful joint brainstorming, featuring Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson (trumpet), Ingi Garðar Erlendsson (trombone, thranophone), Pétur Ben (guitar), Magnús Tryggvason Eliassen (drums), Óttar Sæmundssen (bass) and Sigtryggur Baldursson (percussions). we haven’t had the chance to listen to the full album yet, but Temperaments is a very enjoyable incomer.

better than words, a thirty-minute session to make you understand why Kippi Kaninus deserves your attention. isn’t it briliant?