Niclas Thorsteinsson – Tunesmith and Performer

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Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

Tidbits February 2018

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

Just a few tidbits from February 2018:

  • Captain Trips light is making his appearance known across the Faroe Islands. I’ve been unusually ill for about 10 days (but it’s finally getting better). An amazing amount of people have been ill, particularly men.
  •  Sickness perk: I’ve been catching up on some reading. Just finished Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner which was great. I have now moved on to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, equally great so far.
  • I’ve begun working on a few songs to release under my own name. Fun times.
  • The Reverends are working on three new songs so things are progressing nicely.
  • I’m frying five eggs right now.


My friend, Einar Petersen, has written a scary, true to life tale and has started a kickstarter in order to get funding for a comic book version. In his own words:

When “democratic” governments operate with secret courts, intensive surveillance of their own citizens and for that sake everyone else in the world, and doing it all in the holy name of “security”.

When things are like that, then I believe there is reason to be very sceptic and deeply aware of the possibilities of the technologies that are being conceived and implemented can bring humanity, be they good or bad.

Check it out:

Book Review: Cloud Atlas

Cloud AtlasCloud Atlas by David Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An exceptionally well-written book from a versatile writer. Six different stories ranging from historical maritime fiction to grim post-apocalyptic tales. With variety in genres comes variety in quality, however. The thriller part of the sextet was surprisingly uninspired compared to offerings such as ‘The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing’, ‘Letters from Zedelghem’ and ‘Sloosha’s Crossin’ an’ Ev’rythin’ After’. These were quite brilliant, with the latter employing fantastic futuristic vernacular.

The novel is in reality a short story collection with a play on form. The attempt to connect the stories with hints of reincarnation and birth marks seems a bit forced and unnecessary. More important are the themes of subjugation, power lust and more, which run throughout the book.

Not sure how this will work as a movie, but I am very much looking forward to seeing Ben Whishaw from BBC’s The Hour in the role as Frobisher the composer.

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