South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomeration of parallel film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences organized jointly that take place in Austin, Texas. This year’s festival takes place from March 13 – 22, 2020 and Icelandic talent, Kælan Mikla and Sólveig Matthildur, will be performing during the Part Time Punks Showcase on March 17 at Barracuda Backyard.
Kælan Mikla keyboardist and back-up singer, Sólveig Matthildur, will perform solo at 7:30pm before taking the stage with the full band at 10:00pm.
About Kælan Mikla
Icelandic synth-punk trio Kælan Mikla formed in Reykjavik in 2013, initially as part of a poetry competition which the Reykjavik Library hosted. The band, comprised of singer Laufey Soffía Þórsdóttir, bass player Margrét Rósa Dóru-Harrysdóttir and Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir, initially on drums but later synthesizer, won the competition, and were encouraged to continue making music. By 2014, Kælan Mikla was playing shows around Reykjavik and was asked to perform on the official roster of Iceland Airwaves.
The trio has released three albums, all with Toronto-based Artoffact Records, the most recent of which, Nótt eftir nótt, made #14 on Revolver Magazine’s best albums of 2018 list. Kælan Mikla has toured Europe several times, notably with King Dude, Drab Majesty, and as headliners in their own right. The band was hand-picked by Robert Smith of The Cure as support on several festivals in the UK and in the US at Pasadena Daydream in 2019 with Pixies, Deftones, and Throwing Muses, amongst others. The band was recently announced as direct support to French blackgaze band Alcest on the band’s 2020 tour.
About Sólveig Matthildur
In 2016 after relocating from her hometown of Reykjavík to Berlin, Kælan Mikla keyboardist and back-up singer Sólveig Matthildur created the first demos for what would become her solo project. The project released a debut album shortly thereafter, and Sólveig has since been invited to play at Eurosonic, Blow-Up Fest (Helsinki), Roadburn, and Sonar. Following solo tours in Europe and Japan as well as her hectic schedule with darkwave phenoms Kælan Mikla, Sólveig released her second album in Spring 2019 with Artoffact Records. She toured Europe as direct support for Hante in the Fall of 2019.
Her second record, Constantly in Love, is an emotional, poetic, and breathtaking creation. The light-hearted but dead serious first single and video (“Dystopian Boy”), features Deb Demure from Drab Majesty, and was premiered worldwide by Revolver Magazine. The album was released worldwide on Toronto-based Artoffact Records on April 19th, 2019.