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Lizardfest 2018

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Are you in Reykjavík on May 15th and have no plans for the evening? Let Lizardfest suck you in! It’s a rock music festival that takes place at the well-known concert venue Gaukurinn (Tryggvagata 22). The festival is held to honour the memory of Bjarni Jóhannes Ólafsson, who was the frontman of stoner/party rock band Churchhouse Creepers. They flooded it’s way into the Icelandic music scene like a tsunami in 2015. Bjarni had been figthing depression and anxiety for some years, and lost that battle in April 2017, nevertheless, we want to keep this awesome party going (that he started), like Bjarni himself would have wanted wrote Dagur Atlason, member of Churchhouse Creepers, in the statement about the event. We´ve managed to put together a pretty awesome line-up with bands consisting with most of his best friends including one of his all time favourite band, Elder which was founded in…

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MIMRA released Sinking Island

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The Reykjavík singer, producer and composer MIMRA offers powerful and dramatic album Sinking Island with bold and rich arranged electro-acoustic folk pop and stunning voice. The album contains twelve original compositions and delivers intense inner energy. Sinking Island had been created over a few years when María Magnúsdóttir, a brain behind MIMRA, lived in the Netherlands and England. Eventually the album became her master thesis in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. María Magnúsdóttir has been active on the local music scene for a several years. Her solo début album was out in 2007 to rave reviews. On her latest album, Sinking Island, MIMRA captures themes of love, heartache, anger and happiness. She carves her own space between electronic vibes and multi-layered classic arrangements for a full band. From the very first song of the album, Our Great Escape, MIMRA grabs attention with her wide range of voice and…

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KRÍA: more videos from Altaka EP

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KRÍA is an artistic pseudonym of a London based vocalist, composer and producer Elísa Hildur Einarsdóttir that originally comes from Reykjavík. This year, KRÍA released her sophomore EP entitled Altaka. We can enjoy a lot of dark downtempo electronica. Following the release, the artists reveals step by step new videos that show the new record as actually collection of 4 original audio-visual pieces that are written and recorded by Elísa Hildur herself. It´s worth to mention that KRÍA was the first ever artist from Iceland to play at Singapores Grand Prix! What are the songs by KRÍA about? The artist explains. Skin: I wrote Skin out of frustration. It was sort of reinventing my values, what I want from life and accepting myself physically and mentally. Last year I didn’t know if things were going to end well for me and at that time everything was really unclear about my…

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The newest band of Iceland – Sprezzatura

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Unnur Sara Eldjárn, who released last year her solo album, and Óli Hrafn Jónasson, known also as Holy Hrafn, met at Secret Solstice this year and soon after that they started making music together as Sprezzatura. The project is about one month old and has already shared a brand new song entitled Ert´ ekk´ í fíling that is a rhetorical question ‘aren´t you in mood’? So get into summer evening mood and listen to Sprezzatura! Speaking about the duo’s name, Óli Hrafn referenced to Shakespeare. While writing an essay about the poet long time ago, the term sprezzatura caught his attention. It means a certain nonchalance, studied carelessness, illusion of effortless. Sprezzatura popped up recently in his mind because he finds it an interesting word. Watch out! Everybody will be in mood 27th August at Gaukurinn when the duo will perform live the first time. Don’t be afraid also to…

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Indridi shares first single

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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 29th July via Figure Eight Records. The album contains 10 original songs written and recorded by Indriði. The first single is entitled Dreamcat. You can listen to it below and you have my full recommendation! The initial album spark came when Indriði and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (múm) presented an visual/audio…

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Debut EP of Lightspeed Legend out 30th June!

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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, Ask the Slave, Momentum, Ophidian I, Endless Dark and Future Future know how to create something amazing and the material was recorded by producer Axel Flex Árnason (who stands behind albums of Skálmöld, The Vintage Caravan and many many others). Lightspeed Legend is set to play Eistnaflug Festival on 6-9th…

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