Ólafur Arnalds – …and they have escaped the weight of darkness – Erased Tapes

Ólafur Arnalds' second full-length album '...and they have escaped the weight of darkness', continues his mission to lure an indie-generation of pop and rock fans into an emotive world of beguiling electronic chamber music and delicate classical arrangements. The sense of an organic crossover recording is reinforced by the involvement of co-producer Barði Jóhannsson of eccentric pop/rock/electronica-formation Bang…

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JohannG – In English

Composer, arranger and singer Jóhann G. Jóhannsson is one of the pioneers of Icelandic popular music. One of Iceland's most prolific and successful songwriters, he has been active for three decades, and his songs have been recorded by many of the countries most successful recording artists. Many of them have become evergreens in the field of Icelandic pop…

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Porterhouse – Spinal Chords

Porterhouse is comprised of songwriters Finnur Bjarki, Hilmar Tryggva and Þorbjörg Tryggva, who come from a small town called Hvolsvöllur next to the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Porterhouse released their debut album Spinal Chords on July 3rd 2010, and celebrated with musical performances and an exhibition of the album's gorgeous illustrations.The CD features performances from well known artists like…

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For a Minor Reflection – Höldum í átt að óreiðu

Icelandic four piece For a Minor Reflection release their second album, ‘Höldum í átt að óreiðu (Heading Towards Chaos)’, on September 6th 2010 in the run up to an October European tour. For those not yet in the know, FaMR's music is strikingly beautiful, energetic, melodious post-rock. Their self-produced debut ‘Reistu þig við, sólin er komin á loft... (Rise, the sun’s up...)’…

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Jónsi – Go – XL

Sigur Rós front man Jón Þór Birgisson - Jónsi - released his debut solo album, entitled Go, on XL Recordings on April 6th, 2010.  Co-produced by Jónsi, Alex Somers and Peter Katis (The National, Interpol), mixed by Tom Elmhirst in London, and recorded in Iceland and Connecticut, the record also features arrangements and piano playing by acclaimed composer…

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Swords of Chaos – THE END IS AS NEAR AS YOUR TEETH – Kimi Records

Swords of Chaos’ bludgeoning riffage has left the unsuspecting audiences of their shows perplexed and agitated. This thrilling Reykjavík foursome has been gathering substantial local admiration with neck-breaking performances since early 2008. Swords of Chaos are made up of seasoned members of Reykjavík’s underground music scene, each dabbling in a variety of genres (the members have been involved with…

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Varsjárbandalagið (The Warsaw Pact) – Russian Bride

The Icelandic Volcano-Balkan band Varsjárbandalagið (The Warsaw Pact) has launched it´s very first album, Russian Bride. The songlist reflects the two-year-old band´s acclaimed concerts, is colorful, humorous and lively. It is a cocktail of klezmer, gypsy and balkan-popmusic along with the band´s own often humorous and whimsical compositions and arrangements of older, Icelandic popmusic. Varsjárbandalagið´s instrumental combo has…

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Skúli Sverrisson – “Sería II”

Sería II is the second installment in a series of releases from the versatile Icelandic musician Skúli Sverrisson. For the last two decades Skúli has approached his music with an open mind and collaborated with a number of well known artists, from a diverse background of musical genres. The idea behind Sería is to mirror and reflect Skúli's…

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Asthor Odinn – Both Ways

Icelandic artist Asthor Odinn (pronounced Ast-or O-din) hailing from Njardvik, Iceland has signed with indie label, Expat Records who will be re-releasing his 2010 hip hop album ‘Both Ways’ this year (2011). The Icelandic rapper has added two additional bonus tracks to the album, which have never been released. Asthor refuses to follow fashion or current trends, writing…

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Groundfloor – This Is What’s Left Of It

Groundfloor´s second record, "This is what´s left of it" was released independently in Salzburg Austria in late January 2011. Ólafur Tómas Gudbjartsson (guitar/lead vocals) and Haraldur Gudmundsson (doublebass/vocals) - founders of Groundfloor - recorded the album with the band line up they've had since 2009: Thorvaldur Thorvaldsson (drums), Harpa Thorvaldsdottir (piano) and Julia Czerniawska (violin) in Salzburg during…

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