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Ylja

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The folk pop band Ylja was formed in 2008 by guitarists/singers Gígja Skjaldardóttir and Bjartey Sveinsdóttir in Reykjavík, Iceland.
With a common passion for vocal harmonies and love for the acoustic guitar, the two friends embarked on a musical journey – always trying to expand and broaden their sense for creativity. Icelandic slide-guitarist Smári Tarfur joined the band in the fall of 2011 and, led by the strong creative vision of the two girls, Ylja’s sound expanded even more. With their dreamy vocal melodies, tasteful guitar riffs accompanied by Smári’s unique lap-style slide playing – Ylja’s sound was born!
More opportunities came to pass. Four consecutive Iceland Airwaves Festivals, the annual Bræðslan Festival in the incredible East Fjords, gigs with Grammy Award winner Glen Hansard and a concert for the Icelandic President made Ylja one of the most exciting live acts of the cold country up North. Their debut album, simply called Ylja, was released in November of 2012 – which caused a nice stir in Iceland and the bands popularity kept growing. Ylja was nominated for an Icelandic Music Award as the best newcomer in 2013. Today Ylja performs as a duet and with various session players depending on the occasion. Their 3rd album "Dætur" will be released in October 2018 and includes 10 old Icelandic folk songs in their own unique arrangements.

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