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Today XXIM Records announces Icelandic band Hugar’s first single from their upcoming sophomore release on the label. Hugar is the joint musical project of Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson – the two multi-talented instrumentalists, composers, producers and friends since childhood. “lost”, a brand-new track and the first single to be taken from the forthcoming album, is set for release on all digital services on September 10 and will be followed by single “IV” on the October 8. The as-yet-untitled album is due for release early next year.

Poignant and contemplative, “lost” is marked by a piano motif and ethereal synth washes, all gently nudged along by a driving rhythm. Its grace and beauty is matched by “IV”, a sparse track that consists almost entirely of spacious, elegant piano lines. Both are indicative of their new album, a poised, contemplative blend of ambient electronica, meditative strings, and contemporary neo-classical elements that covers a wide range of themes but was born from a simple, yet profound, observation in their native Iceland.