The Mellifluence of Amiina's Lighthouse Project


The Mellifluence of Amiina's Lighthouse Project

amiina_lighthouseprojectamiina is a Reykjavík-based band and counts six people today - Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir, Hildur Ársælsdóttir, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Magnús Trygvason Eliassen and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson (aka Kippi Kaninus).

The band’s origins goes back to the late 1990s when the four girls, all studying string instruments at the Reykjavík College of Music, formed a string quartet, playing classical music. With time, they explored as welllso other genres and played with different other bands and artists.

In 1999, the lady quartet joined popular Icelandic band Sigur Rós on stage and their collaboration has continued ever since.

Finally, in 2004, amiina released their first EP animamina and captured the hearts of their audience.

A few years later, Magnús Tryggvason Eliassen and Kippi Kaninus joined the band.

Amiina is known for using a great number of instruments. During their concerts, each member plays from a large range of instruments, changing instruments in a middle of a -song to the next instrument.

The Lighthouse Project is not just a simple studio album but a rather special one.

About four years ago, when the band still had only four members, amiina set out on a trip across Iceland  to perform in unusual locations, among others lighthouses among them. The music they played was especially written for this occasion and, it was designed to be played in small spaces and in close proximity to the audience.

The audience as well as the band enjoyed and cherished this special venture so much, that amiina decided to revisit the Lighthouse Project again in 2012.

They recorded the songs again in their initial arrangements “live” in the studio, as if it was a real concert, trying to capture the intimacy of the original performances.

And that's exactly what one hears when listening to The Lighthouse Project, an intimate set of angelic voices and lovely, sweet melodies floating through space.

The songs are a blend of old and new songs, of little nocturnes, and all a bit similar but not boring at all. Look and listen to "Perth."

The Lighthouse Project album is rather short, the album only containing onlys six songs, including “N65°16,21 W13°34,49” which is a rather an arrangement of sounds rather than an actual song. And it’s tToo bad, I wouldn't mind some more of this!

amiina's beautiful music made me feel as if I was floating weightless through water with an occasional mermaid swimming by and singing thean enchanting melodiesy.

I was listening to the album for the first time in the car while driving to the Blue Lagoon. When arriving at my destination, I was completely at peace, calm and serene.


A beautiful, dreamy work of music that will put a blissful smile upon your face.

Buy yourself serenity with amiina's The Lighthouse Project.

Katharina Hauptmann –

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