Two Trains


Album by Högni.
Erased Tapes.
October 2017.


I wrote all the lyrics for Högni’s debut solo album, Two Trains.

“Amidst destruction on the mainland, the two locomotives Minør and Pionér transported wagons full of rock and gravel to the Icelandic seaside during the construction of the Reykjavík harbour in 1913-1917. The two metallic giants ushered in a new age in Iceland. However, soon after construction ceased the two trains were parked and have never driven since. Now they only serve to remind us of the grandeur of a bygone future. They are the only trains ever to have graced the Icelandic landscape.

The music of Two Trains embraces the spirit of the original European avant-garde and invokes these concepts in its chugging rhythms, metallic clangs and brooding choral arrangements (men's choruses are a distinctly Icelandic phenomena related to the national/romantic politics of the 19th and 20th century) while the lyrics speak of ominous clouds on the war-ridden eastern horizon and freight cars filled with gravel and dreams.“



Two Trains was nominated for the Nordic Music Prize, as Best Pop Album of the Year at the Icelandic Music Awards and named Best Album of the Year by Reykjavik Grapevine. 
Mark