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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Ólöf Sings! And Talks Covers, Originals… And Airwaves

Ólöf Arnalds’ idiosyncratic creative approach has been enchanting and intriguing fans for years – an ethereal voice earthed by quirky humour and a confident live presence, she has an unpindownable quality described by Ólöf’s sometime collaborator Björk as being “somewhere between a child and an old woman”. Icelandmusic.is talks to Ólöf on the cusp of the release of…

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Mugison: Hailstorms, Gadgets… And Grandmas With Accordions

The mighty Mugison has been rather busy to say the least; promoting his brand new all-Icelandic album ‘Haglél’, appearing at Iceland Airwaves and the You Are In Control creative industries conference in Reykjavík, honing his famous Mirstrument and touring the country. We caught up with him whilst he paused for breath in Akureyri to talk ‘Haglél’, the ‘hidden…

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Lady And Bird Reveal Their Opera ‘Red Waters’

Composer and Bang Gang mastermind Barði Jóhannsson has been creating fascinating and dreamy musical landscapes with the singer Keren Ann as Lady and Bird since 2003. The pair's latest creative adventure is a magical 'gothic fairytale' - an opera entitled 'Red Waters' - which premieres in France on November 4th. The opera's synopsis was developed with the Icelandic…

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Puzzle Muteson

Puzzle Muteson is the alter ego of an enigmatic songwriter from the Isle of Wight, rendering his music in a tremulous tenor over a finely spun web of fingerpicked guitar. Born in London, Isle of Dogs, the southern English island provided unexpected shelter for the shuddering transformation into one-man band Puzzle Muteson. His grade-school music teacher was first…

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Sólstafir – Original Rockers

Sólstafir were formed by three friends, Aðalbjörn Tryggvason, Halldór Einarsson and Guðmundur Óli Pálmason in January 1995. In 1999 Sólstafir entered the studio to record it’s debut full length album. By that time Halldór had left the band and in 1997 and 1998 Sólstafir had released two promos as a two-piece. For the recording of the debud full…

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