Every week we have artists with connections to Smekkleysa SM /Bad Taste to share with us songs which have inspired them. For this third installment we have been honored Hlökk.


Hlökk is a Reykjavík based art ensemble consisting of three composers, Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir, Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir and Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir. The fifteen track that inspire them include compositions and songs by John Cage, Björk, Meredith Monk, Ellen Fullman and many more.

The threesome formed the ensemble in 2015 as an experimental folk band performing Icelandic folk songs, improvisations as well as their own compositions along with old poetry. Today the ensemble’s material has developed into a platform where they use different types of art forms, mainly music, visual arts and creative writing to create new compositions for other performers as well as themselves.

Their award winning debut album, Hulduljóð, was released by Smekkleysa in 2019.