In his native Iceland, Högni Egilsson is one of the best known contemporary singers and songwriters. His music and performance style is equally loved by music aficionados and less serious, commercially inclined listeners.
Growing up, Högni learned to play the violin. Even before enrolling in composition at the Iceland Academy of the Arts at 21, his extreme musical talent was clear. 2007 saw the release of Sleepdrunk Seasons, the debut album by Hjaltalín – an indie rock group fronted by Högni. Hjaltalín’s second album Terminal (2009) proved a much bigger hit – winning ‘album of the year’ at the Icelandic Music Awards and its five singles spending a combined 44 weeks on the National Radio’s Top 20. If Terminal is Hjaltalín’s most popular set of songs yet, 2012’s Enter 4 marks the height of their critical acclaim. It is a sparer and darker album and without a doubt Hjaltalín’s best.
By 2011, Högni was a full-time member of the band GUSGUS and featured prominently on Arabian Horse – considered by man as GUSGUS’ finest album to date. His voice and fingerprints are all overMexico (2014) as well, not least in the lead single, “Obnoxiously Sexual.” With GUSGUS, Högni has toured extensively in Europe and North America, gaining a strong personal following, particularly in Eastern Europe.
On October 20, 2017 Högni released his solo debut album Two Trains as the newest addition to Erased Tapes.
Högni also wrote the score for Andri Snær Magnason and Anni Olafsdottirs, documentary film, The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole – A Bipolar Musical Documentary with Elephants, a film featuring Högni himself.