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Vök photo by Rogier Boogaard
Live

Vök doesn´t keep me waiting anymore

Sometimes you need just the right moment to say that the show wiped you off the face of the earth. Seeing a band Vök and a solo project called EinarIndra warming up the audience on 21st July 2016 at Húrra, I realised that perhaps that was that moment. It hasn´t been too long since I experienced the same line up at KEX Hostel and then I dreamed of feeling real emotions during live show in a dark, small and enclosed space. So it happened, this space turned out to be the currently best concert venue in downtown. Húrra! Opening of… Keep Reading

Indridi - Makril
News

Indridi shares first single

One of very talented young artists of Reykjavík is Indriði Ingólfsson, a musician born of local DIY punk scene. Being a lead guitarist in hardcore band Muck is just a part of his artistic activity. Except that, he is also a visual artist and has collaborated on both grounds – music and visual arts – with, to mention a few, Úlfur Hansson (Swords of Chaos, Klive), The Heavy Experience and Jófríður Ákadóttir (Samaris, Pascal Pinon, JFDR). Luckily for us, delicate melodies with Indriði´s mesmerizing deep emotional voice will be released on his solo debut 12-inch vinyl LP entitled Makril on… Keep Reading

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Albums

CeaseTone – Two Strangers

*Originally written for muzykaislandzka.pl – Polish website about Icelandic music, visit the website and share some love there! 🙂 Lately reviewing albums happens rarely to me but while I was listening to something surprising from the Icelandic music shelf and completely fresh in its sound I couldn’t stop myself from sharing good news. A long-awaited debut album of the ambitious young team called CeaseTone has been released at the end of May 2016. When was the last time that you listened to something new that is a fusion of electronic pop and indie rock? Let me offer you something that… Keep Reading

Lightspeed Legend
News

Debut EP of Lightspeed Legend out 30th June!

Lightspeed Legend is a brain child of Baldvin Freyr Þorsteinsson (known of Sign). The band plays rock and blends together 80’s glam, elements of metal and guitar solos so you can enjoy this pure energy of rock’n’roll. On 30th June (next Thursday), Beautiful Vice is released – a debut EP from Lighespeed Legends that contains 6 original compositions. I’m so looking forward to listening to the studio versions of the songs and at the same time I’m pretty sure the album will meet my expectations of a great quality. In the end, musicians that have played in bands like Sign,… Keep Reading

Myrra Rós
Live

Sisterhood of Reykjavík

In the evening of April 13th an unusual concert took place at Loft Hostel. Three good friends joined their forces and together, armed only with guitars, created a delicate mood and almost family atmosphere. On the stage each of them charms with a voice, though they are so different from each other. Ladies and gentlemen – Myrra Rós, Halla Norðfjörð and Elín Ey. Music of those three young women has been familiar to me for some longer time. Their united performance made tears well up in my eyes. A singer/songwriter that came up first on the stage that night was… Keep Reading

Ceasetone
Live

Spin the full circle with Ceasetone

I can actually still sign with all my limbs under emotions I expressed after the evening that I saw an indie-electro-rock band Ceasetone in action at Loft Hostel the first time although it has been one year since then. Now, at the same venue I was offered to watch a premiere screening of the video for the song entitled The Bright Side that by the way was produced by no one else than the guitarist, singer and brain of Ceasetone – Hafsteinn Þráinsson. Ceasetone was formed in 2012 as an acoustic solo project of Hafsteinn and two years later expanded… Keep Reading

Mínus
Other/Wishlist

Walking down the street with Mínus

Decluttering can be sometimes a good thing. Especially when you find a sheet of paper with 10 names of Icelandic bands that you must see some day and the first on this list is… Mínus. Once I read they were a separate chapter in the history of Icelandic rock music. Or maybe I should say they still are? The band was formed as a five-piece in the fall of 1998 and inspired by bands like Converge or Dillinger Escape Plan turned quickly into a giant of Icelandic hardcore music scene. Now, 18 years later I´m still waiting for their next… Keep Reading

Útidúr
Live

This mess Útidúr has been doing

I miss summer. I miss brigthness that doesn´t allow darkness to appear. You can feel life everywhere and simply you want to do everything. Additionally, summer smells like another bands blossoming on the local scene. Smells like Útidúr that was formed in 2009 in Reykjavík. Its fathers are the singer and guitarist Gunnar Örn Egilsson, who sounds like Icelandic version of Zach Condon of Beirut, and talented keyboardist Kristinn Roach Gunnarsson. Definitely, this chamber-pop with a deep reaching vocal can touch a lot of sensitive hearts. Well, ok, I give up, I wouldn’t have sunk so deep into Icelandic music… Keep Reading

Pétur Ben
Other

God’s lonely man – Pétur Ben

For actually a few years I haven’t celebrated Easter but Aldrei Fór Ég Suður festival in West Fjords instead. Of course, my luck hasn’t let me also last year to end up in Ísafjörður in person (maybe 2016?) but at least it reminded me how I discovered one of the most impressive and estimable artists of Iceland. Believe me, watching an annual broadcast of all the performances of Aldrei Fór Ég Suður while sitting in not too comfortable chair is probably not the best idea so it happened I had a nap. But can you imagine that you are waking… Keep Reading

Pojke
Other

Who´s that Sindri boy?

Once upon a time I almost ended up learning Swedish instead of Icelandic but then turned out that my way is rather towards engineering. Six years later I was watching a Swedish movie and they were talking over and over again about some pojke. I had no clue what this word means and the only one thing that was coming to my mind then was name of Sindri Már Sigfússon, one of the most extraordinary Icelandic folk musicians in recent years. Well, seems like to fully understand Icelandic music you need a basic understandment of Swedish. A piece of cake… Keep Reading

Æla
Live

Princesses that puke in a glittery way – Æla

Another dreary day at work. I’m getting a text message: ‘Wanna join me for Æla’s gig?‘ so I’m jumping out early from work. Trying my best in shaking a leg, I can already hear their post-punk sound on my way, carried on Laugavegur. Joyously I’m noticing I’m not the only one who hurries up so I could finally sink in the twilight of the most famous venue in downtown – Kaffibarinn. The door opens and the sound is sucking me in. ‘You’re lucky, they had to wait for the bassist, it’s already the third song‘ – was said in my… Keep Reading

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