Sin Fang’s Summer Echoes

It's been only 3 years since Iceland's new king of lo-fi layered lushness, Sindri Már Sigfússon, began his official recording career. “Summer Echoes”, the new and second album of his solo-project Sin Fang (he dropped the “Bous”) is now already his 4th album release (including 2 records of his other musical outlet Seabear since 2007. After having set…

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Skúli Sverisson: A Seria Man

Over the past two decades, composer/bass guitarist Skúli Sverrisson has worked with a veritable who's who of the experimental world, from free-jazz legends (Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey) to music icons (Lou Reed, Jon Hassel, David Sylvian, Arto Lindsay) and composers (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Christian Fennesz). Sverrisson is also known for his work as an artistic director…

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Just Another Snake Cult

Þórir Bogason is an Icelandic man who writes and records under the name Just Another Snake Cult. He has lived on the sunny beaches of California, home of the Beach Boys and other radical dudes, and he attempts to bring the sunshine back to the island nation with his music. Þórir mastered the surf rock guitar technique in…

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Gus Gus – Back In The Saddle

It's been two years since GusGus graced us with their enigmatic Kompakt debut "24/7". This album was a return to form for the trio, earning much acclaim and fanfare thanks to its conceptual rigidity and pure glamour. Now the trio - comprised of President Bongo, Biggi Veira and Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson are back again. They set up a…

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Ólöf Arnalds – Skin Dipping

While Ólöf Arnald’s solo debut 'Við og við' continues to garner widespread acclaim across the globe (eMusic recently named the album as one of the 100 Best Albums of the Decade while MOJO proclaimed Arnalds as "Reykjavík's answer to Kate Bush"), the singer-songwriter is about to release her follow up record - 'Innundir skinni'. With Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur…

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Talkin’ All That Jazz

Björn Thoroddsen is one of Iceland's leading jazz guitarists. After completing his education in Iceland, Björn continued his studies in Los Angeles where he graduated in 1982. In 2003, he was awarded Jazz Performer of the Year at the Icelandic Music awards. Björn formed the Icelandic trio Guitar Islancio in 1998 and since then the band has released…

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Retro Stefson & The Kingdom Of Kimbabwe

Retro Stefson started out as a project in middle school in 2006 and has since then become Iceland’s top live acts. They made their public debut at the 2006 Iceland Airwaves festival, then 14, 15 and 16 years old. Since then the band has played a big part in the Reykjavik and Iceland music scene, playing regularly all…

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Iceland’s Endless Dark

Endless Dark is a six-piece post-hardcore band from Ólafsvík, Iceland. Aged between 18 and 22, the band started out in 2006 mainly doing covers by bands such as HIM, Type O Negative and Billy Idol, and started in its current form in 2007. The band came second in 2009's prestigious Global Battle Of The Bands competition and have…

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Of Monsters & Men

Of Monsters and Men are the 2010 winners of Músiktilraunir (a nationwide Battle of the Bands competition). The band's name is apt and fitting to their lyrics, which mostly comprise stories of all kinds of monsters, both fictional and human. While they used to be mainly an acoustic band, OM&M has taken their sound to a different level…

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amiina – Sonic Puzzles

Originally a string quartet formed by four girls at the Reykjavík College of Music in the 1990s, amiina went on to cut its teeth as Sigur Rós' string section for the next decade.   Their debut album, Kurr (2007), was performed on a disparate jumble of instruments - musical saws, kalimbas, music boxes and seemingly anything that could…

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