No Sleep For FM Belfast

For the past four years, Icelandic electropop group FM Belfast have been perfecting the art of reading an audience and connecting with it, using their steadily growing skills to hone a music that catches easily, yet runs deep; an art of performing that can—and usually does—induce unique and euphoric states in large crowds of people, or just in…

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Managing The AirWaves

Grímur Atlason is the new manager of the Iceland Airwaves music festival. Not only has he been working as a promoter in Iceland, but also managed several bands over the years. Artists he has worked with include Marc Almond, Happy Mondays, Emiliana Torrini, FM Belfast, Antony and The Johnsons, Blonde Redhead, Lisa Ekdahl, Kim Larsen, Retro Stefson, Sufjan…

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Mínus Add One More

Mínus saw an international breakthrough with their second album ’Jesus Christ Bobby’, released in 2001 on The Sugarcubes’ Smekkleysa (Bad Taste) label. It was an exercise in white noise and aural extremities, a sound which can only be described as fuck-you-core. It introduced Mínus to the world and garnered instant praise from the likes of NME, Metal Hammer,…

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Funi – Keeping The Folk Tradition Alive

Funi are Bára Grímsdóttir and Chris Foster, consummate performers of the traditional songs of Iceland and England. They are both powerful solo singers, but when they sing together, especially in the unique Icelandic 'tvísöngur' harmony style, the resulting blend of voices - enhanced by stunning musicianship and beautiful photographic projections - is a spell binding mix.  Bára and…

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Apparat Organ Quartet – A Polyphonic Sophomore

Iceland’s Apparat Organ Quartet have been compared to a dizzying range of acts, from Kraftwerk, Wagner and Goblin to Terry Reilly, Steve Reich and the Glitter Band. Apparat Organ Quartet use old discarded technology, home organs and cheap consumer cast-offs often salvaged from garbage dumps and then customized by the band for the rigors of live use.  The…

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The Iceland-Balkan Connection

Orphic Oxtra is comprised of 13 charismatic and highly talented Icelandic musicians who write and perform their own enticing recipe of Balkan and klezmer-influenced orchestral dance music with a multitude of twists. These festive collaborators, all of whom are contributors to the song writing, are not musically confined to the Balkans as they also take turns challenging each…

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Sonic Iceland

Sonic Iceland is the story of a trip of two friends to an island up north. Armed with camera and notebook, they met many musicians and artists and fell in love with this island. Kai Müller lives in Cologne, takes photographs and runs one of Germany’s most read blogs, Stylespion.de. Marcel Krüger is a German expat living in…

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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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