Available: Festivals / Tour October 2019
Territory: worldwide (excl. Iceland)
Born and raised in Reykjavík, LÁRA RÚNARS developed a love of music while growing up listening to her father playing and recording with legendary Icelandic band Grafík. Through him Lára was first introduced to artists such as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Nick Cave.
Lára released her first album, Standing Still in Iceland in 2003 and the following year saw her collaborate with Damien Rice, both performing live and recording together. Lára was inspired by Stina Nordenstam and Cardigans for her second album Þögn (“Silence”) in 2006, performing her songs on that album in Icelandic.
The release of Lára’s third album Surprise in late 2009 gained significant radio play in Iceland and the beginnings of international attention. She played a special show for Q Magazine in London alongside Amy MacDonald and was selected for influential showcase festivals Spot, Eurosonic and The Great Escape.
Summer 2011 saw her last series of shows overseas before locking herself away to write and record he forth album Moment. The tour through Germany and Switzerland included a sell–out show in Berlin’s legendary Lido Club and culminated in an appearance at the Blue Balls festival in Lucerne where she played to 2.000 people.
Her album Moment, released in 2012 hints at a darker and edgier side of Lára. She has been greatly influenced by strong female artist such as PJ Harvey, Nina Person, Björk and Bat for Lashes.
Lára released her fifth album Þel, all in Icelandic in collaboration with Icelandic singer/songwriter Ikorni, in 2015. The self–released dreamy album is available on iTunes and Spotify.
Lára is about to release her new album in collaboration with Sóley, now performing a melodic indie accoustic set all in Icelandic. She has this to say about the first single of the album, Segja frá:
“I’m so endlessly happy to share with you my new single “Segja frá”. The title of the song translates best into “Sharing”. Sharing our experiences, sharing our memories, sharing our stories, sharing our vulnerability, sharing our rawness, sharing our insecurity, sharing our gifts, sharing our tears, sharing our wounds and sharing our words. It’s about the healing, understanding and support sharing gives and provides. It’s about us > women.”
“On her fifth album, Rúnars delivers ten perfect songs that let us enjoy both her songwriting talent and delicate voice, itself a sufficient reason to regularly come back to “Þel”, or “Core”.” – beehype
“Her stage presence radiated the venue as three horn players filled the room. […] Her music is thought-provoking.” – Columbia College Chicago