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Ensimi was formed in 1996 by Jon Orn Arnarson and Hrafn Thoroddsen. Franz Gunnarsson joined the line-up shortly after formation. The debut album "Kafbatamusik" was released in October 1998 by Dennis Records. The following year Ensimi was voted Best Newcomer and "Atari" the Song of the Year at the Icelandic Music Awards.

In 1999 Steve Albini, who's best known for his work with Nirvana and The Pixies, expressed his interest in working with the band. As a result Albini came to Iceland and engineered and recorded half of Ensimi's second album "BMX" which was released in the fall of 1999.

Ensimi released their third and self-titled album in October 2002. The album was produced and recorded by Ensimi in their home based studio “Astarsorg”. The album received rave reviews and nominations at the Icelandic Music Awards. . Early 2003 saw Ensimi transformation commence, Jon Orn left his post as drummer and the spot was filled by Arnar Gíslason. Another addition to the line-up is Kristinn Gunnar Blöndal aka KGB who handles keyboard duties.

Ensimi has been performing in Iceland, Scandinavia and the U.S. Ensimi recently played at SXSW in Austin Texas and G! Festival in Foreyjar. The band is currently working on new material which has been intergraded in the live set. Possible dates for the new release are fall 2005 or early 2006.