With a little over 10 weeks to go before the 2016 Iceland Airwaves Music festival the time has come to begin prepping for the crazy 5 days on a volcanic rock in the middle of the ocean.
Yet again, the Iceland Airwaves crew have come up with an amazing 5 days of music. Digable Planets, Boogie Trouble, PJ Harvey, Snorri Helgason, Santigold, Of Monsters and Men, and many more. In fact, 128 bands have been announced so far, with what I believe will be another announcement coming up shortly. And this is just the on-venue set of bands, there is still the daytime 0ff-venue gigs with even more bands for you listen to and discover during the day.
This year I will be working with Zombie Popcorn to bring you recaps, interviews with bands, interviews with fans, and a lot of photos. Also, soon we will begin highlighting the bands on our Facebook page. Start following it for a daily dose of music.
And with that, here are some pointers on prepping and enjoying the festival:
- Sign up to the Iceland Airwaves Mailing list
- Be relaxed, be social
- Be prepared
- Be a tourist, in and outside the city
- Respect the land, yourself, the people, and your fellow festival folks
- Support the artists, buy their music
- Food, alcohol and favorite places
- Have fun
|Iceland Airwaves||Iceland Music||Reykjavik Grapevine|
I highly suggest you follow the above pages on Social Media, the Iceland Airwaves page will give you the quickest updates and information on bands. IMX is an awesome source for finding out the history of bands, and they also shoot out information on tours and new music to look for. And the Grapevine is an English language newspaper, in an informal sometimes snarky manner they discuss the happenings around Iceland and you can gain more knowledge on things to do while you’re visiting. They typically put out a special Iceland Airwaves edition, as well as run a blog during the festival dedicated to Airwaves.
Be Relaxed, Be Social
Combining the normal tourist activity with over 9000 festival folks makes Reykjavik a busy busy city. Relaxation is key to enjoying yourself. You may have to wait a little longer for drinks/coffee/food/entrance into a venue, so just relax and breath in the fresh air. Be social, if you’re stuck in a line chances are you’re stuck with people of like mind, so don’t be afraid to ask your queue cohorts why they are there, what bands they’ve seen, what they are going to see and why. There are quite a few unannounced gigs that will be going on around the city, and being social is the only way you’re going to find out about them.
There is a lot of music, a good deal you may have never heard of. Listening to the Spotify link and/or checking out the page I’ve created of Icelandic bands playing are both extremely easy ways to begin prepping for the festival, and most likely you’ll find bands you never knew you couldn’t live without hearing live.
The Airwaves crew have done an ace job of making it easy for you to plan ahead and navigate these different venues with an app they will announce closer to festival time. Make sure you download it so you can start putting together a game plan of what you want to see when they release the official schedule. The app will save you a lot of time with maps, time schedules, alerts and reminders of upcoming gigs. It really will keep you on schedule, or help you alter your schedule in seconds.
Be a tourist, in and out of the city
Nobody needs to tell you, but Iceland is gorgeous, so make sure you take some time to enjoy it. whether it’s just walking around Reykjavik looking at all the murals and art, or taking daytrips, get out and experience Iceland, there are plenty of options. Here are two of my favorites:
I heart Reykjavik is a fantastic walking tour company that will take you around Reykjavik discussing it’s history and unique attributes.
They book up quickly, so I would suggest trying to reserve a spot now. It’s especially nice during Airwaves as there will be more music in the streets than usual while you walk around learning about old famous hangouts, and the history of the capital city.
Kexland is another fantastic touring outfit, more designed for smaller groups of tourists to take you out of the normal touring zones. Quite often an Icelandic musician will accompany you for a day of tours. I also suggest you check them out earlier than later to make sure you get a spot.
Also check with your hotels, or the tourist office located in the city center. there are plenty of day trips to take you to see waterfalls, geysers, and the gorgeous landscapes of Iceland.
Respect the island and it will respect you. Built on multiple volcanoes with lava in its veins, The island may try to kill you if you give it the chance. Just be aware of your surroundings, footing, and the weather. Common sense goes a long way, and Icelanders fully believe folks should use said common sense. Have a good time not an out of control painful time. There’s a lot to do and even the half day you spend recovering from the night before will result in you missing a lot.
Support the artists, purchase their music while you’re there. There is a lot of music you won’t find off the island, or if you do it’ll cost crazy shipping. So purchase it while you’re visiting. Iceland has some amazing record shops, Lucky Records, 12 Tónar, and Reykjavik Record shop are the ones I’m most familiar with. All ran by folks who love music, and love talking about music.
Food and favorite places. There are a lot of solid places for quick bites or sit down meals. And there is the Bónus grocery store in the event you want to grab your own stockpile of munchies. I tend to go for the lighter side of things such as the Noodle Station or Núðluskálin. Noodle Station is your quick simple three option noodle place, good for warming you up and filling yer gullet quickly and cheaply. Núðluskálin gives you more options, including spice level. “Noodles in a fen number 6” just so happens to be my favorite noodle dish in Iceland and required at least once when I’m visiting. For a very quick simple fix, there is also the famous Pylsurs (hot dog). the famous “Clinton” stand down by the Reykjavik art museum. Cheap, and they are good.
Bars are plentiful in the city, and the prices only slightly vary. There will be bands or DJ’s playing in most of them. During the week the bars close at 1 or 2am, but on the weekend the bars will be open until 4. Find a bar with the atmosphere you dig and have at it. Alcohol purchased at the liquor store is taxed pretty heavily. I suggest picking up a bottle of wine or spirits at the duty free shop while you wait for your baggage, It will be considerably cheaper that way.
And finally, the most important factor, have fun. Don’t get too wrapped up in details, maps, or must sees. You are going to experience one of the most unique festivals in the world, and you’re going to do it with northern lights above your head. If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to comment below, or send me a Facebook message at Ragnaarbastiaan.
I’ve taken the Icelandic bands performing at Iceland Airwaves 2016 and loosely sorted them into categories in the hope that you can quickly reference what you may like while exploring the many possibilities this year. It was rather popular during the festival these past couple of years so I figured I’d do it again. So far this year, the 5 categories are:
- Rock / Singer Songwriter / Jazz / Blues / Reggae
- Rock: Pop / Dance / Electro / Disco / Indie
- DJ’s / Electronic / Atmospheric
- Heavy Rock / Metal / Hardcore
- Hip Hop / Rap / R&B Soul
Diversity and genre bending are two things Icelanders are rather good at which makes defining bands a bit difficult, so if you feel a band belongs in a different spot please comment below and I will check it out.
|Rock / Singer Songwriter / Jazz / Blues / Reggae|
|Agent Fresco||Amabadama||Amber||Axel Flóvent|
|CeaseTone||Fufanu||Júníus Meyvant||Major Pink”|
|Magnús Jóhann”||Máni Orrason||Mr. Silla||Myrra Rós|
|Par-Ðar||Pétur Ben||Prins Póló||Soffía Björg|
|Snorri Helgason||Teitur Magnússon||Ylja|
|Rock: Pop / Dance / Electro / Disco / Indie|
|asdfgh||AUÐUR||Boogie Trouble||Dream Wife|
|FM Belfast||Gangly||Glowie||Grúska Babúska|
|Milkywhale||múm||Of Monsters and Men||Puffin Island|
|Tonik Ensemble||Vagina Boys||Vio||Vök|
|DJ’s / Electronic / Atmospheric / Dance|
|Bára Gísladóttir||DJ Yamaho||einarIndra||BLKPRTY|
|dj. flugvél og geimskip||Futuregrapher||Halldór Eldjárn||Hermigervill|
|Hip Hop / Rap / R&B / Soul|
|Alexander Jarl||Aron Can||Alvia Islandia||B-Ruff|
|Bróðir BIG||Cryptochrome||Emmsjé Gauti||GKR|
|Glacier Mafia||Kött Grá Pje||Reykjavíkurdætur||Rímnaríki|
|$igmund||Sturla Atlas||Úlfur Úlfur||Valby Bræður|
|Heavy Rock / Metal / Hardcore|
|Beneath||Aron Can||Alvia Islandia||B-Ruff|
|Kælan Mikla||Legend||Mammút||Pink Street Boys|
And here is the Spotify playlist, it includes ALL bands playing Iceland Airwaves, not just the Icelandic musicians:
Iceland is one of the most musically diverse countries in the world. You can find everything and anything your heart desires so it’s no surprise to find a full-fledged Disco band in 2016. Disco isn’t all that strange for Iceland, Þórir Baldursson was rather successful in the 70’s working with Donna Summer during the global disco hay-day, and I’m pretty sure there are closets and caves with hidden disco balls and way too tight disco pants all over the island.
Klara Arnalds, Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi, Sunna Karen Einarsdóttir, Sindri Freyr Steinsson, Arnar Birgiss and Sigurður Tómas Guðmundsson are all Boogie trouble. I first saw them a few years ago at Iceland Airwaves, their live gigs are more parties than gigs and it only took a short time before they became local favorites. I’ve written about them before And this review is about their highly anticipated new album Í Bænum.
Quite frankly, Í Bænum is the perfect rump shaking album for summer. There are layers of horns, percussion, strings and a good share of bwap-bwap guitars all wrapped around a solid dancing beat that just doesn’t quit. Klara Arnald’s voice is perfect for this style of music, strong enough to rival the brass yet nimble while it dances in between the other musical players, such as on the title track:
My second favorite track on the album, “Gleymmér ey.” opens with almost a disco-80’s fusion type of sound before Arnalds voice comes to us in a lower pitch. The beat remains a highly energetic roll of percussion reminiscent of a stampede of horses rolling over the countryside.
I wasn’t going to translate any songs as my Icelandic is limited to colors, time, and asking where the bar is. But “Moldun” has become my favorite track on the album because when you listen to it, it basically translates itself. It’s fairly obvious that the song is about a disco space cowboy who has landed on a strange planet in search of his beloved disco ball which has gone missing. Feeling all alone and run out of town for being a strange disco space cowboy, he finally finds the disco ball in rafters of an old Icelandic countryside church shining down on many disco cowpeople grooving away. I mean, I could be wrong but I’m 99.2% sure I’m correct:
All in all this album will make you dance. It has become a necessary album on our party playlist, and DJ sets. Even my local bar has begun playing a few tracks off of it to keep the night interesting. You can listen to the entire album and purchase it here on Bandcamp, and I highly suggest you follow them on Facebook.
It’s time again for the annual Taste of Iceland event here in Boston. The cultural event that brings a sampling of Icelandic culture to different cities around the United States every year.
Food, film, music and writing are all part of this year’s event. For us music-minded folks there is a two-fer of sorts. Along with the Reykjavik calling concert, they are also showing “Rokk I Reykjavik” at the Brattle theatre.
This year’s cuisine event will be held at The Merchant, a great little spot located in the finance district /downtown crossing area. The Merchant’s chef Matt Foley will collaborate with Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon of LAVA, the Blue Lagoon restaurant in Iceland. Learn more about the menu here, as with all of the events of Taste of Iceland, it’s highly recommended you reserve your spot sooner than later.
For the literature lovers and writers out there, I suggest you attend “The Write stuff” led by Eliza Reid, a co-founder of Iceland’s writers retreat. On March 5th, 1:00-2:30pm she will go into the hows and whys of Iceland’s strong written word history at the Barnes and Noble in the Prudential Center. Also, there will be a lot of great books written by Icelandic authors available for purchase, including Halldór Laxness, and Jon Gnarr. Learn all about it here
Rokk í Reykjavik is playing at the Brattle Theater, March 6th at 3PM! This documentary is one I suggest everyone watch. It’s chock-full of music goodies and interviews and concert footage of a lot of classic Icelandic musicians. You’ll see a lot of the folks you already know, and most likely, you’ll learn about new artists and bands you really should know. Not only does Boston get treated to this documentary, but Sigtryggur Baldursson, A man who happens to have been in a lot of my favorite classic Icelandic bands including Sugarcubes, Kukl, and Þeyr, will be on hand afterward for a Q&A. Here’s the band Þeyr doing “Rúdolf” from the Rokk í Reykjavik documentary:
And now, Reykjavik Calling. On March 5th at 8pm the annual concert at the Middle East will happen. This concert combines both local Boston bands with Icelandic bands, typically the atmosphere is uplifting, and it feels like a giant party. This year Boston locals Neme and Adam Ezra Group will play with Axel Flóvent and CeaseTone. The Concert is free, and I suggest getting there early as it always fills to capacity quickly.
From Boston, Nemes is an indie folk-ish band, with high energy and excitability their charm comes in exciting crowds a mix of folk, country and rock.
In excellent contrast, Axel Flóvent from Iceland will be there. Calming, mellow and harmonic music reminiscent of Nick Cave. I’ve seen him live a few times up in Iceland, and it’s difficult not to get sucked into the music. He’s one of the great new exports of the Island and it’s rare I find folks who dislike him.
Also from Boston, the Adam Ezra Group will be performing. Boston is famous for large bands, groups of friends getting together to make great music. Adam Ezra Group certainly fits the bill. a great group of folks churning out good ole rock and roll.
And last, certainly not least CeaseTone will be here. CeaseTone is just as much about guitars and rock as electronics, expertly combining the two creating great music. Another band I’m looking forward to seeing here in Boston.
I asked CeaseTone the standard 4 questions, and Hafsteinn Þráinsson was kind enough to answer:
- What’s your favorite place in Iceland to play: A place called Húrra!
- What is you or the band’s favorite color: Deep Blue
- What are 3 of your favorite little known bands of Icelandic origin: In The Company Of Men, Gangly, Muck and soo many others
- If you could be any creature playing your favorite song, what would the creature be? And what is the song: Do you mean favorite song in general or with the band? If in general I’d like to be Yoda rapping “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Kendrick Lamar. If with the band I’d like to be Gandalf The White playing “Full circle”
See you there!
We’ve got less than 2 weeks to go!! The week of November 4th will bring approximately 9000 festival go-ers to the city of Reykjavik to enjoy 5 days of music and entertainment. It’s a crazy time, and the city definitely gets filled to the brim. It can get hectic, but if you go prepared you can’t help but have fun.
This will be my 8th year attending the festival. A friend and I will be blogging about the festival throughout with photos and highlights, but for now here are some tips I’ve learned that will make your experience better, and help you get the most out of Iceland and the festival.
Before the tips I want to bring up something new and cool Iceland Airwaves has this year. It is the “Wall Poetry” installations located all over the city.
Urban Nation Berlin and Iceland Airwaves matched artists with musicians to create “Wall Poetry” around the city. 10 gigantic murals placed all over the city, each one an artist’s interpretation of a band’s song. You can check out the artist/musician combos and learn more about the project, including a map of where they are, here.
Now for the tips:
Research Research Research: Show up prepared
This is probably the most important tip I can give you, and that’s why it’s the longest. There is nothing wrong with winging it, and if you are there for the adventure and have no agenda then I suppose doing research isn’t all that necessary, but if you have a plan at all, then a little research will go a long way in making things more enjoyable.
There are over 230 bands performing at Airwaves with slightly over 9000 attendees this year. Chances are a lot of folks are going to want to see the same bands that you want to see, and it’s possible that you may not get into your favorite acts. This is why I always say you need to do research, listen to the Spotify playlist Iceland Airwaves created, check out my loosely categorized list of the 155 Icelandic bands playing, and check out the line-up page to discover the bands you don’t know much about. Late night plan changes will go so much smoother if you have a few bands in your back pocket in the event you’re not feeling a gig, or can’t get into one.
There are a lot of social media outlets to get information from as well. Reykjavik Grapevine is an English speaking newspaper online and in print located in Reykjavik. They run a pretty solid Airwaves blog that I suggest you follow. Iceland Music Export (IMX) is another great resource, they will be doing live interviews throughout the festival on their website. and have many biographies of Icelandic bands that will be performing. KEXP always has something going on at Kex Hostel, and you can typically find live performances and interviews with the bands on their website as well. And of course, the Iceland Airwaves website and Facebook page will have loads of information to help you prepare for the musical week.
I highly suggest you start following some of these informational hubs now on Facebook and twitter as they will be highlighting bands, giving suggestions, and informing the masses of the different things going on during the festival.
Get the App!
The Iceland Airwaves App is now available for Download. It has maps with all the venues, customizable schedules, friend locators, off-venue and official schedule times, reminders of upcoming shows, and a whole slew of other things to make your life easy. This app is necessary for having a beneficial experience at the festival, I can’t recommend it enough.
Be social, no really, be really social
Iceland is a friendly place, and there are going to be a lot of folks from a lot of different countries so make some new friends and be social. Before or after a band plays, while in line waiting to get into a show, or out and about touring around, take a moment to meet the folks around you.
You’ve got at least two things in common, you’re all there to listen to music, and you’re all on an incredibly unique island with things to see. There’s no better way to find out new stuff to listen to or see than by asking the person next to you who they are digging. I’ve met some rather cool folks over the years at Airwaves, so be as social as you can.
Be patient, be kind
Keep in mind that there are 9000 of us that will devour Reykjavik for the week. Businesses, restaurants and services in general will be well over normal capacity. So be patient and be a decent human being. Huffing and puffing because something isn’t going as quickly or as smoothly as you like is just not needed and will never get you the results you’re looking for. Icelanders take pride in what they do, and while they will go to great lengths to help you, they’ll have no qualms in calling you out for rude or asshole-ish behavior. Your attitude will have a direct result in how you are treated around town, so civility and decency will make your trip a much better one.
Do your music shopping there, or you may miss out
This took me a few times to learn. A lot of the Icelandic bands you’ll see and hear will only have their product available in Iceland, which means if you don’t pick it up at one of the music stores or booths at the shows you’ll miss out.
There are some pretty fantastic music shops in Iceland, they’ll serve you coffee, and answer any questions you have about the music up there. Smekkleysa, Lucky Records, and 12 Tónar are traditional visits for me, and this year I’m excited to check out Reykjavik Record Shop.
Lucky Records and 12 Tónar both will have off-venue gigs going on as well, so find them on Facebook to follow along with who is playing when or look them up in the app.
Get out and tour a bit
With the off-venue schedule and the official schedule you can get overwhelmed, but you are in one hell of a naturally majestic land so I highly recommend you get out and tour a bit. Hotels or the Information center located downtown will have all the tour outfits to take you outside of Reykjavik for a half day or so, and the scenery makes it well worth it. A few simple things to remember as you’re touring around will keep you out of trouble and in good favor with the tourist gods:
- Do not litter, a lot of areas you go to will be free, and that is because they don’t have regular cleaning crews. Help keep it free for everyone and put your trash in garbage cans.
- While the city is full of art and graffiti, the countryside is not. Icelanders have been known to feed tourists to the sharks that live in the volcano for marking up their nature. At the very least you’ll pay a lot of money and get kicked off the island.
- Iceland’s moss takes a very very long time to grow. So if you’re around it and you want to pick it off the ground please don’t, it’s very damaging.
If getting out of town seems like too much effort, I would suggest going over to I heart Reykjavik’s website and checking out their tours. They do tours around the city focusing on multiple things from the Northern Lights to the history of Reykjavik. I would suggest booking the tours sooner than later because they are smaller tours and they fill up quickly. As of this posting, there were limited slots left and they do fill up quickly.
Most important tip, have fun!
Relax and enjoy yourself, treat folks the way you like to be treated and just open yourself up for good music, a great Island, and a good time.
It’s time again for another Iceland Affair. This charming Icelandic festival celebrates it’s sixth year on Saturday October 17th. Nestled in the picturesque towns of Winchester and Norfolk CT, Iceland affair will take over the Winchester center and Infinity Hall for cultural presentations, unique items for sale, food, and a night of music.
During the day Winchester center will play host to multiple presentations, Icelandic horses, food and merchandise. there will be a silent auction table as well as a slew of products from Lopapeysas (Icelandic sweaters), cakes, soaps and other Icelandic items for sale throughout the event. There will be Pylsur (Icelandic Hot-dogs) on site, and their free! They are the best hot dogs you will ever have, in my opinion.
The presenters will lecture on topics such as the science and beauty of the Aurora Borealis, geology of Iceland, Viking lore, ICESAR (Iceland’s search and rescue teams,) Arctic foxes, and there will be a Gyrfalcon, Iceland’s national bird giving a show. The day festivities are free, and you can learn more about the schedule here
Nighttime will bring the Fire and Ice concert. A cozy evening with 5 fantastic Icelandic artists at the Infinity hall in Norfolk, CT. The artists tend to play together and interact with the crowd making it a rather unique and intimate night of great music, laughter and fun for both the artists and audience.
Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, Svavar Knútur, Sóley, Björn Thoroddsen and Myrra Rós will be gracing the stage this year, all of them veterans of the festival. Most everyone playing has new material or albums that have been released recently, so I’m envisioning a lot of fresh material will be performed.
The festival typically sells out, and with less than half tickets left I would suggest getting them sooner than later. Along with the the bands, there are always surprises that pop up during the concert.
Kristjana Stefánsdóttir has been a vocal coach to many Icelandic singers over the years. her command of Jazz is rivaled only by her smooth and strong voice. No matter what or how she’s singing it’s rare not to be completely sucked in to her songs.
Svavar Knútur is a riot, he not only entertains with great music, but his personality and ability to naturally engage the audience makes for a good time for everyone. He has a new album out, and so there will be plenty of new material to enjoy.
Sóley has been touring all over, but this will be only one of the few times we on the East coast get to see her this year. Her new album was so impressive I actually attempted a review on it. And I can’t wait to hear the new stuff live.
Björn Thoroddsen is a magic man with a guitar, and always puts on a good show with original or highly improvised versions of classic tracks. Not only does he command complete attention when he’s center stage, but he has this amazing ability to play back up for anyone at any time and not miss a beat. He never disappoints.
And Myrra Rós, with her haunting vocals and up-beat melodies are just right for an autumn concert. her new album, “One amongst others” was just released and I really enjoy it. I can’t wait to hear some of the new material live.
So come get a hot dog, learn about Icelandic culture, and spend the night being entertained by an extremely engaging group of musicians.
It’s finally time to announce the next release on Theory of Whatever records, Iceland Whatever Vol. 1. A 14 track compilation of bands I really enjoy and think you should as well. Spanning multiple genres all brought to you for as cheap as I could get away with. The liner notes will be available on the Theory of Whatever website, and will include a bio of the band and links where you can hear and purchase more of these bands music.
Much like the old independent compilations I grew up with, the point of this album is to help these bands get a bit more exposure and hopefully increase your music library. So, here’s presenting “Iceland Whatever Vol. 1“ it will be released on October 20th, and you can pre-order here. pre-orders get a dollar off, making the physical CD $5.50 and the digital download $5. If you would like to purchase the physical CD and are out of the United States, please contact us and we will arrange it
The compilation cover is by the incredibly talented Lóa Hjálmtýsdóttir, a musician (FM Belfast), illustrator, and cartoonist (Lóaboratorium) She frequently contributes to the Reykjavik Grapevine. The cat on the album cover is Roxy A.K.A. Doom. She was the only cat I’ve ever gotten along with, ornery as hell but a sweetheart. She passed away earlier this year, and so I felt compelled to put her photo on the album cover.
There are new and classic tracks from the artists, if the song isn’t available online to listen to yet, I’ve selected another song from the band I enjoy. Click the band name to go to their Facebook pages.
Knife fights is a refreshing nod to the Northwest United states in the 90’s. Consisting of Sigurður Angantýsson, Helgi Pétur Hannesson, Gunnar Petur Hauksson, and Þórir Bogason. They are energetic, slightly noisy and well composed. They were one of my favorite new bands from last year. I am pleased to open the compilation with their track “Panic later”
You can read an interview I did with them at the release of their first album here. Very energetic, slightly noisy and well composed the compilation opens with their new track, “Panic later::
Þórir Georg comes in many flavors. I first was introduced to his music from his band, My Summer as a Salvation Soldier, and have enjoyed every project he’s come up with since, from folk to crazy to goth. The track on the compilation is a new song from an upcoming album of his solo stuff. and so I have put a track from his previous album, Ræfill “The idiot song” here for you to listen.
Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson is Plúseinn. He is one of the founding members of FM Belfast, the energetic party band that typically leaves folks pantless by the end of their sets. While Plúseinn and the track “Empire” can be safely listened to without fear of losing clothing, it is one of the best earworms you’ll experience for quite a while and you’ll be on repeat for quite a while, electro-pop heavy on the synth.
Kristjana Stefánsdóttir is Bambaló. Kristjana has helped Icelanders with their singing for years. Her past projects and albums have been Christmas hymns, Jazz and she frequently performs at Iceland Affair in Connecticut every October. Her very rich and full voice dominates this song about Impressing a boy.
Vigri is the creation of two brothers, Hans and Bjarki Pjetursson. I heard them first at Airwaves years ago and if they are playing I make sure to attend. Their music floats effortlessly between atmospheric moments and heavy beats and I’m pleased to offer a new track from their upcoming album. The song above, “Animal” is one of my favorites from their first album, “Sinking ships”
KVÖL is Þórir Georg and Júlía. It’s Goth punk with dark, strong beats and moody synths. Dropar is a new track from them not available yet. So I present, “Get Away” from their first E.P.
Kælan Mikla is an all female poetic punk band. Consisting of Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir Margrét Rósa Dóru- Harrysdóttir Laufey Soffía, they blast away with raw vocals and hard rhythms. They’ve quickly become one of my favorites over last couple of years.
kimono are 15 year veteran rockers consisting of Alison, Gylfi, and Kjartan. post rock and heavy rock have been used to describe them over the ages. We released their first single off the new album last year, and are pleased to introduce the new track, “Lee Harvey Oswald” on the album. The track above is “Specters” which you can still purchase the 7″ for here.
Atmospheric, lightly feathered with darkness but with equal dashes of heavy drums and haunting vocals is a good way to describe var. The project of Myrra Rós and her husband Júlíus. This track is a new track from the upcoming album.
Of course I couldn’t do a compilation without some hard hardcore on their. Brött Brekka was a 2015 discovery for me, consisting of Sturla Sigurðarson, Sigurður Ingi Einarsson, and Hallvaður Jón Guðmundsson they wildly swing from heavy rock to Hardcore. They’re working on a new album as we speak, and I can’t wait for it.
Energetic, emotionally organized choatic musical noise. Aðalsteinn Jörundsson has been at it a long time. Part of the Falk label in Iceland, he is a veteran to performing and creation. One of the first blog posts I did was on AMFJ. He warned me that this new song wasn’t his usual sort of song, I really dig it and hope you do as well.
Her live shows are ethereal environments full of color, spiraling lights and dancing disco balls. It’s her own style of music and difficult to classify. She’s recently been touring all over and I was pleased she could add to the comp knowing just how crazy her schedule was. One of my favorite live acts to see when I’m in Iceland.
The second Goth band on the compilation. Consisting of RX, Biggi, and Siggi, Antimony are goth pop done in their own unique way. They’re newly formed and have been extremely active around Reykjavik. They are the perfect band to powerfully begin the compilation wrap up.
And to wrap up the compilation I bring you one of my favorite classic tracks from Ghostigital’s album Antimatter Boutique. Ghostigital is Einar Orn and Curver Thorodsson. Two of the longest working musicians in the Icelandic scene, their music has the ability to pump you up. People go crazy at their shows, almost as crazy as Einar. Simply put, I love this band.
As this is the first compilation I’ve put together, it’s filled with the bands I have always dug. The genres are all over the place I know, but I believe I’ve ordered the CD in a manner that makes it listenable from start to finish. I really do love all of these bands, and I am pleased they contributed to the cause.
You can pre-order either the CD or the Digital download here. Please give them all a listen and share what you dig with your friends, regardless if you purchase the album.