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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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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