Lindy Vopnfjörd is a Canadian-Icelandic musician with the rare ability to capture poetically in lyric and sound such profound nuance in modern stories. Humble and heroic human dramas seldom sang so spectacularly as this. Vopnfjörd is a proficient storyteller who distills human experience into the vital emotions that define a moment so crisply, and memorably. Hope, despair, triumph and loss, are feelings framed by Vopnfjörd’s sixth album, Frozen In Time, cast as a melodious folk soundtrack with a retro feel. The effect is stunning. The collection of 13 songs explores an immense landscape from the common and dulcet-light, to epic and dark tales. Consistent with the magic of his live performances, the new album was recorded live in studio, and emanates an organic resonance, void of technical manipulation. Stripped down and folky, Vopnfjörd plucks his acoustic guitar sensitively to songs about courageous stories of freedom champions, Vikings, and the love for his wife. There are also tracks of quiet betrayal haunted by the eery guitars of Canadian musician, Luke Doucet. Residing now in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood, Vopnfjörd and his ongoing artistry are a testament to both the continued support of an artistic family, and reflect the musical pedigree of the artistic community in which he is immersed. Frozen In Time is produced by award-winning composer Todor Kobakov, who has worked with many prominent acts such as Lights, Metric, Stars, and Dan Mangan. Frozen In Time, like its title, will throw you back to an era where folk artists like Bob Dylan sang songs as calls to action against social injustice and when Leonard Cohen wrote you with a challenge to contemplate your attractions. Vopnfjörd’s quiet confidence permeates the album, inviting the listener in to his world of wisdom and attention to social consciousness, human rights, political oppression – and tenderness.
Born into the Icelandic community in Manitoba, Canada, Lindy Vopnfjörd started his music career early. Singing traditional Icelandic songs with his family, both the cultural heritage and musician parents shaped the intuitive artist. By age four, Lindy was already pronouncing his stand and care for the world as an Icelandic-Canadian folk artist by singing cautionary songs about nuclear war. Traveling around with his mom and dad and extended family in a bus, he developed an appreciation for performing as a form of sharing. Touring comes naturally to Lindy, and to see him live is to witness years of honest delivery and authentic exchange with a talent who is as dedicated to a room of three as he is to a stadium-full. Lindy has performed five albums’ worth of originals that have mesmerized, delighted and moved audiences from house parties and bars to embassies, theatre halls with Canada’s Whitehorse, and large festivals, such as Montreal’s Osheaga, Reykjavik Folk Festival, and The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic.
From his West-Coast Victoria-based band Northern Junk to Toronto’s explosive indie rock group, Major Maker that boasts a fervor comparable to The Killers or Hard-Fi, Lindy’s artistry has spanned many musical outfits. His earlier albums, “The Humourous Years,” and “Suspension of Disbelief” that he toured extensively through the UK, to his last “Young Waverer,” marked him consistently as a Canadian “noteworthy” by the caliber of songwriting and musical arrangement that garnered heaps of critical accolades, including a string of popular singles, such as the memorable “Lover/Sister” (via ExclaimTV) on CBC Radio. Over the years, the bands he leads and the collections he creates continue to attract for him both critical and commercial success.