ZAAR, RAKEL(IS) & Salóme Katrín(IS)
Salóme Katrín, RAKEL & ZAAR are all Iceland based musicians. They found one another while all studying music in Reykjavík in 2018, and have since been inseparable. As the young artists are all fiercely dedicated to music, – performing, pondering, discussing, creating and listening! – so is their union, and so is their output.
They’ve all made themselves known in recent years through various performances and releases. ZAAR released her debut EP, Lost My Sense of Humour, in 2019, Salóme Katrín’s Water followed in 2020, with RAKEL’s Nothing Ever Changes closing the trilogy of EPs in 2021. All three were well received on all fronts, with newfound fans and long-time supporters all clamouring for more. So they decided to make one together: ‘While We Wait’.
Having appeared on each others’ releases or performances in recent years ‘While We Wait’ (2022) – a seven song split album with two songs from each artist along with a collaborative titular track – marks the trio’s first collaborative effort.
Leading up to the album’s release, each one of them released a single. Starting with Salóme Katrín’s euphoric indie rock number, ‘The Other Side’. That earthquake was fittingly followed by an emotional and gloomy aftershock from ZAAR, entitled ‘Organize (organ version)’. Then, true equilibrium was attained with the release of RAKEL’s velvety shoegaze ballad ‘Something’.
Not entirely out of the blue, the journey with ‘While We Wait’ turned out to be somewhat of a destination, leaving them fulfilled and eager to go:: “’While We Wait’ is a very special project to all of us. It gave us a platform to invent and explore our sound as we didn’t feel weighed down by our own expectations. Working together brought a sense of safety and creative freedom which we will forever treasure.”
At the Radar the three will perform a collaborative concert based on ‘While We Wait’.
About Salóme Katrín
Salóme Katrín is a musician from Ísafjörður, Iceland (pop. 2500). She moved to Reykjavík in the autumn of 2015 and started studying philosophy at the University of Iceland, but soon found out that music was the most important thing in her life. She released her first EP, Water in November of 2020.
Salóme composes, sings and plays the piano. She won the Kraumur Music Award in 2020 for her EP, Water and was also nominated Newcomer of the Year at the Icelandic Music Awards 2021.
RAKEL is a Reykjavík based musician and vocalist from a small town in the North of Iceland called Akureyri. Having performed with various artists throughout the years, such as Axel Flóvent, ZAAR and Salóme Katrín, she’s now debuting her own music.
In the spring of 2021 RAKEL released her Debut EP, Nothing Ever ChanHer first single, Keeping Me Awake, was released in October 2020 “…a dreamy, emotional melange of pop and electronic beats that crescendos into a cinematic masterpiece…” as described in The Reykjavík Grapevine. In January 2021 she released her second single, Our Favourite Line, that charted at #1 in Iceland.
RAKEL’s Debut EP “Nothing Ever Changes” was released on May 7th 2021.
The Iceland based composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sara Flindt writes and performs under the artist name ZAAR.
ZAAR is driven by the all-encompassing nordic nature. She is inspired by its contrasts and how it doesn’t compromise. With her spherical, heartfelt and melancholic musical atmospheres ZAAR meets you in an autumn forest, the one she grew up next to. She cuts into this alluring nature with a distorted reality. Blends daydreaming with storytelling, creating a personal collage.
She released in October 2019 her debut EP ‘Lost My Sense Of Humour’ and is planning to release her second EP ‘It’s Always Nice To Be Wanted’ this year.
She has collaborated with the American director Samantha Shay and the award-winning Israeli dancer and choreographer Danielle Agami on the short movie and music video ‘Homesick’. The film was featured at the Golden Short Film Festival and Short to the Point Film Festival.
“Homesick” was awarded the Curators’ Choice Award at the Jacksonville Dance Film Festival 2021.
ZAAR has performed in venues and festivals such as Rockwood Music Hall (US), Spot festival(DK), G!Festival (FO), Nuuk Nordic Festival (GL) IcelandAirwaves (IS) and Roskilde Festival(DK).