Powerful and melodic, the music experiment VAR consist of five individuals rooted from Iceland.
Beginning as a singer-songwriter project for the shortest period of time, Júlíus Óttar can date VAR back to 2013. Days rather than weeks after the idea of formation, the project reached its next level when artist Myrra Rós contributed her talent and ingenuity, forming the synth and playback driven VAR.
The (soon to be husband and wife) duo released VAR´s first record in 2014 on the German label Beste Unterhaltung!, a self recorded EP in their own living room. To perform the album on a European tour, Egill Björgvinsson (older brother of Júlíus) takes on the role of bassist of VAR that same summer.
During a concert at the Iceland Airwaves in 2014, the idea of experimenting with a full band came to mind. At that point the idea was to add low-key brushes and guitar overlay to the soundscape but instead Andri and Arnór brought in the roughness of heavy rhythms and guitar-play, a key puzzle in the full and raw soundscape of VAR as it’s known today as it became the perfect platform for the band to begin the writing of new material in which everyone could claim their space in the bands soundscape.
Since VAR’s first release as a full band, a two songs single, Kafbátur EP in 2015 released only online, they’ve been active recording a new album, Vetur, that will be released on Itunes and Spotify aswell as their bandcamp site in January 2017.