As you most likely came here after viewing the new Iceland Airwaves final announcement video, I thought I would update this post. It’s now obviously what great talent lies behind Gangly, and after the positive reviews I received from their LungA gig earlier this summer, I am more than excited to see these three artists perform together on stage. The band is working on new material as we speak, so I would highly suggest following them on Facebook for further updates.
2014 ended shrouded in mystery as a new song seemed to appear out of thin air. A link to Gangly, “Fuck with someone else” appeared in one of the Grapeviner’s inbox, no description, no details, just a link to a Youtube video.
The vocals are smooth and haunting, backed by an intense but minimal Massive attack-esque beat which combined with the trippy animation makes for quite the haunting track. Sure it’s a bit NSFW but the overall composition is smooth and dark and you hardly realize what the the lyrics are going on about. It has become one of my favorite tracks of 2014, by the music alone.
In defense of my love for Icelandic music, I’ve been quoted as saying Icelanders make music fun. They are willing to try new things, laugh off the failures and embrace the things that they themselves dig the most. This has created an incredibly diverse musical island, and while it’s diverse, they tend to find a way to collaborate all that diversity into great sounding music.
This track is the personification of that theory. A few musicians getting together, having fun, and trying something out. Gangly is a collaboration of musicians that are quite successful by their own right, and they somehow got together and created this track just for the sake of creation. Talking with one of them, even the element of becoming a mystery wasn’t completely planned out, but they are going with it because it’s fun. This and the actual track definitely make it one of my favorite new songs of 2014.