During the 2020 lockdown, three long-time friends and collaborators got together to make music. There was no plan or agenda—just the idea of having a safe space to create. Something clicked in a cabin by Iceland's biggest lake.
One of Iceland's most beloved artists, Valdimar Guðmundsson (better known as the frontman of the 6-piece rock and roll band Valdimar), explores his folk roots along with powerhouse performers Ásgeir Aðalsteinsson and Ómar Guðjónsson in new Americana project LÓN.
On LÓN's debut single, My Father, we go on an introspective journey of a sort of second adolescence that happens when entering middle age. There's comfort in aging, of growing into your bones and your stories—but also a grieving of youth. This age also brings on new challenges, such as parenthood and looking at your parents as the imperfect and often frail people they are.
With decades' worth of experience in the music industry and a handful of university degrees in music between them, the members of LÓN have played in countless bands and toured Europe and North America.
Valdimar and Ásgeir's previous projecthas been one of Iceland's most successful indie bands for the past ten years. It has earned them two Icelandic Music Awards for Best Rock Song (2016) and Best Rock Album (2018).
Ómar has played with many of Iceland's most prestigious artists as a guitarist and bandleader. He is a member of the instrumental jazz/rock band ADHD and frontman of the Icelandic/German duet ROFOROFO. Ómar received the Icelandic Music Awards for Best Jazz Album (2009 and 2010), Best Jazz Song (2019), and Best produced album (2018).