“Unlike many musicals, the songs, which can be heard on the musical’s new concept recording, stand independently of the story, evoking influences from David Bowie, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, the Pixies, Sufjan Stevens, and more.”
James Edstrom in Times Square Gossip about Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter, a musical project from Iceland with music and lyrics by Ívar Páll Jónsson. Performances begin off-Broadway July 31th, with the official opening night on August 13th.
“A land like no other, Iceland has produced some of the most innovative, unique and beautiful bands and artists of our generation. From unfathomably bonkers female stars to epic, stadium-filling post rock and girls who play the theramin, to celebrate National Iceland Day, these are the Icelandic bands you need in your life.”
Gigwise lists the ten best Icelandic bands according to them. Among them are Retro Stefson, Amiina and Seabear. Do you miss any artist on the list?
“We are hugely influenced musically by Ennio Morriconi. And, of course, you would connect Ennio Morriconi to spaghetti westerns. And the spaghetti westerns you would connect to Clint Eastwood in the sixties.”
Aðalbjörn “Addi” Tryggvason comments Sólstafir’s image in an interview with WDR. Today they released the nine minute title track to Ótta, the bands new album set to be released on August 29.
“We did a performance at the graduate show and got such good response that we suddenly were booked for several UK concerts. Apparently people thought we were a real band.”
Dream Wife´s Icelandic singer Rakel Mjöll in Vísir about the formation of the band at an art university in Brighton. Last month their first official release The Pom Pom EP came out online.
“The project was to make a record that would contain songs all made in different genres but at the same time to create an overall vibe or ambience that connected the songs together. The artist ended up choosing four different music styles, each representing a certain texture fitting to the flow of the musical and lyrical process. ”
Mar on SoundCloud about the new Ep album called Mellow. Mar is both a musician and a trained artist. This is number two in his discography after last year’s album SoundEscapes.
“Lizard-men? Well, if you are talking about reptilians, then they’re not men, but lizards. I do not know if they really exist, but it’s fun to look at pictures of them online. For instance Obama’s guard that is supposed to be a shapeshifter”
dj. flugvél og geimskip (dj. airplane and spaceship) in an interview with starafugl.is. Steinunn Harðardóttir says she plays refreshing horrormusic, fun beats, cool bass and all kinds of singing.
“Fuck. I’ve just won a BAFTA.”
Ólafur Arnalds on Facebook after he received a BAFTA Television Craft Award for his score to the ITV drama Broadchurch. The image is from Arnald’s Tumblr and shows him together with Chris Chibnall, creator and writer of Broadchurch.