Árstíðir Announce Departure of Karl James Pestka

Karl James Pestka

It is with warm regard and solemn respect that we announce today that we must bid farewell to one of the greatest musicians we have had the honor of knowing: Karl James Pestka.

After joining Árstíðir in the wake of our first album in 2009, Karl’s experience guided the intricate sounds of Svefns og vöku skil (2011), Hvel (2014), as well as our collaborative album with Anneke Van Giersbergen, Verloren Verleden (2016).

Karl’s approach to music and incredible sense for arrangements has had a tremendous impact on our music in the past, and will continues to color our evolution as a band as we set out to craft our fith studio album this winter.

What does this mean for Árstíðir? It means that we’re back to the original three piece line-up that formed the band in 2008. So it is back to basics in a way, but also a chance for us to evolve once again. Our music has always been changing, and this is only one of many forces pushing us to constantly redefine how we play and write.

We are grateful for the time we’ve spent together with Karl, and are glad to support him in his personal and artistic ambitions in the future.

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