2017 started pretty dynamic. Winter darkness heads to the bright side, 6 minutes more each day. One song of the light more each day (or two punk tracks if you prefer…). Around the corner couches hope for a hyperactive summer. So, here you go: 8 new Icelandic songs released in February that you should listen to!
As it has been planned, this super trio of Sin Fang, Örvar Smárason (of Múm) and Sóley reveals another effect of their collaboration at the end of another month in 2017. Let those sounds mantle you cause in the end love will leave you cold. In its wholeness it’s the best song to safely fall asleep in a stormy snowy weather.
Sóley – Never Cry Moon
Sóley comes back with a new piano led track entitled Never Cry Moon. She gets ready to release the 3rd solo album called Endless Summer on May 5th via Morr Records. A really promising offer for the upcoming summer! Hiding makes you not disappear. You surely don’t want to miss Sóley’s magic heading towards positive side of the life.
Soffía Björg – Johnny
In the light of 2017, Soffía Björg releases her début album splitted in three separated parts. In February we can enjoy part II with another four original compositions. Entire album will be available April 13th. Worth to listen to, she’s great and invited to collaboration a British producer Ben Hillier and talented Icelandic musicians such as Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi, Pétur Ben and Kristofer Rodriques.
aYia – Ruins
aYia is a mysterious three-piece electronic act. Ghostly, breathy vocals of Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir decks the idea of aYia. A fragile, hypnotic sonic background painted by Kári Einarsson and Kristinn Roach becomes at some point so incredibly immersive that after the live performance you wake up in other dimension. They have been hailed the Band to Watch in 2017 at annual music awards of the Reykjavík Grapevine magazine.
JFDR – Wires
According to John Rogers (The Reykjavik Grapevine, Projekta), 2016 was a year of Jófríður. Let’s see. Albums recorded with Pascal Pinon and Samaris, new songs with Gangly and a tour under the name of JFDR. But how then should I describe 2017, if this young multi-instrumentalist doesn´t slacken her pace, releases a début solo album and ply us with more and more new videos?!
Ever since I saw the post-punk band Fufanu, I’ve had the impression that with their ability to impress, attract and influence people they won’t need to be backed with “we are from Iceland” in their thrilling and cool performance. Steady but fast Fufanu developed a name and in their mature form served their début album entitled Sports at the beginning of February. Impossible to not follow!
Auður is a rising star of Icelandic R’n’B. Last month he released a début album Alone but he’s not a freshman in the music field. As a multi-instrumentalist, he already has played with various bands and collaborated with Emmsjé Gauti. His very innovative approach to introducing music can surprise listeners – who would be neutral to hunting for Auður´s album on Austurvöllur (almost like for Pokemons)?
Ása, my newest discoveries, arrived quite unexpectedly at Reykjavík music scene with her solo career after debuting in October with the first single Paradise of Love. She just released a video to her new song entitled Crocodile Tears. Give it a look and enjoy Ása´s voice. As you can suspect, she´s not a newbie – since her early teenage years Ása has been singing and recording.