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Known for his unique style of guitar playing and simple songwriting Petur Ben has been a sought after collaborator and producer. He stepped into the limelight with Mugison when Murr Murr became a hit and won them song of the year on the Icelandic Music Awards. The year after he walked home with the award for best alternative album for his debut album Wine For My Weakness. Petur has kept his hands busy working with friends such as Ragnar Bragason for whom he’s done three film scores and Kippi Kaninus who in turn also plays in Petur’s band. Last year he did an album with Eberg called Numbers Game. This year however his long anticipated second solo album Gods Lonely Man will finally see the light of day. The first single brings Velvet Underground to mind but the rest of the album takes that feeling of abandonment and runs with it in every possible direction.+ More details
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I was lucky enough to shoot Mugison and Pétur Ben performing a few tunes in my guesthouse suite during the Iceland Airwaves Festival in 2007. Mugison recently asked me if I could pass him these recordings as he is “putting together a mugisecial..” I was never happy with the sound (they were shot and edited on a mobile phone) so Mugison kindly stripped the buzz on the audio for this one-off version of Murr Murr. Mugison supports Fair Play in Music on gogoyoko.com Mugison had this to say on his new material – “I did this live recordings the other day.. and have an idea of putting more versions.. I want to do this podcast kind of.. based around them.. show people how they have developed. I´ll continue with my next NEW NEW album when I´ve finished this one.. Am making a new instrument/controller.. for my next 2 albums.. kind of return to the one-man-show.. scenario..” View Mugison profile on gogoyoko here >> http://bit.ly/goMugison When I prodded further about his return to solo performances he answered with this – “the reason going back.. mmmmmmm one man mambo, it´s not going totally back and killing the band off.. I´ll keep on working with them.. but this one man thing just let´s me play more.. more options.. more fun, more noise, more change of dancing, more sugar and cream, I´ll do gig´s with the new setup and have drums and bass with me, or just me and Davíð or just me and Pétur, it´s just giving me the option to play everything in the world, anytime anyplace…” So it’s a pretty damn interesting time in Mugiworld so be sure to bookmark his website. I wanna know more about this instrument/controller! I for one am very much looking forward to the next chapter in this man’s fascinating musical tale. Mugison- Free Streaming - Buy and Download "Murr Murr" in gogoyoko Music Store - http://bit.ly/bpERov+ More details
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