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High Hopes: Introducing Icelandic blues-rockers Kaleo

Icelandic four-piece Kaleo blend everything from heavy blues rock to gentle folk to create their unique sound

Growing up in the remote Icelandic town of Mosfellsbaer, the four school friends who would become Kaleo grew up in a mind-messing climate where summer brings near 24-hour daylight, and winter plunges its 9,000 inhabitants into 24-hour almost complete darkness.

“We have long, very dark winters but extremely beautiful summers,” frontman and guitarist Jökull ‘JJ’ Júlíusson explains. “The time of year really shapes your mood and influences the kind of material you write.”


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