Music video for Action Man from the album Synchronised Swimmers by Hafdis Huld. Video directed by Alisdair Wright.
Hafds Huld rastardttir (born 22 May 1979), known simply as Hafds Huld, is an Icelandic singer and actress. She began her musical career as a member of the electronic band GusGus in 1995 and left the group in 1999. Hafds made her solo debut with her 2006 album Dirty Paper Cup.
Her official debut album Dirty Paper Cup was released in 2006 on MVine/Red Grape Records and won the award of best pop album at the Icelandic music awards. She was also nominated for best video with "Tomoko". The result of productive collaborations with a number of highly respected co-writers including Jim Abbiss, Boo Hewerdine, Pascal Gabriel and Chris Corner. The album was universally acclaimed by the press in the UK and Europe and received national radio play on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music and also won the Icelandic Music Award in early 2007 for Best Pop Album. The album features a cover of The Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun" with a ukulele accompaniment. This was one of four singles released from the album. The b-sides of all the singles were tracks from the album.
Shortly after releasing the album in October 2006, Hafds and her band were asked to go on tour with Paolo Nutini on an 8-date sold-out tour of the UK. On these dates and her headline shows Hafds performs with a three-piece band of Sarah Croft, Alisdair Wright and Steve Ling. The band use guitars, keyboards, ukulele, xylophone and banjo. Hafds also toured venues and festivals across the UK and Europe, taking in The Glastonbury Festival, The Secret Garden Party, The Big Chill and Camden Crawl in the UK, Hultsfred Festival in Sweden, Airwaves in Iceland, Spot Festival in Denmark, Les Femmes S'en Melent and Europavox in France and the Midnight Sun Festival in the Czech Republic. In 2007 she supported Mika in London and performed at In the City in Manchester and South by Southwest in Texas, United States.