Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir – Iceland’s “Charismatic Cellist”

Praised by the New York Times as ”a charismatic cellist”, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician across the U.S., Germany, France, Poland, Italy and her native Iceland and she has performed concerts with the Des Moines Symphony (Iowa) and the Silesian Philharmonic (Poland), among others. Saeunn has garnered numerous top prizes, including most recently,…

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A Heart II Heart With Steed Lord

Icelandic trio Steed Lord are back with their 2nd full-length studio album Heart II Heart. The album is a taste of their new sound and direction after having moved their headquarters from Iceland to Los Angeles and having become a three-piece band with producers M.E.G.A and DEMO and vocal diva KALI. Icelandmusic.is caught up with the trio.  …

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Hjálmar – From Keflavík To Kingston

The Icelandic band Hjálmar has, since its creation in 2004, become something of a cultural phenomenon in Iceland. The band that started out as an Icelandic reggae experiment managed, despite the disbelief of established record labels, to touch the island's souls with its capturing mixture of sunny reggae and Icelandic musical roots. The band's authentic sound, sincerity and…

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Daníel Ágúst

Daníel Ágúst is one of the instigators and band leaders of GusGus, Nydonsk and Esja and is an active songwriter in all of them as well as tending to his own solo career. The Drift is his second solo album. It's quite different from "Swallowed A Star" where he portrayed his romantic side with blissful mini symphonies. There…

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Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Miners Hymns…

Jóhann Jóhannsson was born in Iceland but currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work frequently combines electronics with classical orchestrations. His work bears the influence of minimalism, drone music, baroque music and electro-acoustic music and Jóhann’s background in Iceland’s flourishing independent music scene also informs his work. He released his first solo record Englabörn in 2002 on the…

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PROJEKTA

PROJEKTA is a new music management and export consultancy based in London, Reykjavik and Brussels. It was formed by three individuals: John Rogers, the face of UK indie label Brainlove Records and an experienced music industry multi-tasker & publicist; Vasilis Panagiotopoulos, a manager and publicist working with clients such as SPOT Festival, Popkomm, Kimi Records and Icelandic quintet…

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Sóley

Sóley is a passionate piano player and singer whom you ma knowy best as a member of indie-collective Seabear. But she has recently been emerging as a solo artist in her own write. In 2010 she released her solo-debut "Theater Island" - a pop record that sounded like a dream: sweet and weird all at the same time.…

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Beauty And Release, Pressure And Tension – Helgi Hrafn Jónsson

Helgi Hrafn Jónsson, Bedroom Community collaborator and all round excellent person, has released Big Spring, a solo album bursting with an intriguing and eclectic mix of moods and sounds. After returning home from a successful tour promoting the album, he found the time to have a chat with IMX, and we're jolly glad he did. Helgi, the spotlight…

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HAM: Betrayal, Tragedy & Death – and Rock and Roll

Claimed by Björk at one time as being her "favourite band", HAM were predominantly active between 1988 to 1994. Their first album, Hold, was a controversial record which received no radio airtime, but the band's attempt to get into the big league began when they warmed up for The Sugarcubes (five concerts) in 1988. The band recorded several…

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Reykjavik!: Something biblical happened…

Iceland's irreverent rock polymaths Reykjavik! have been terrorising audiences (in a good way) since 2004, and are currently preparing their blistering new album for full-scale assault on ears everywhere. With a reputation for working as hard as they party, it is, as guitarist Haukur S Magnusson's Grapevine cohort Birkir Fjalar Viðarsson put it, 'baffling they haven't self-imploded yet.'…

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