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An eruption of quality music from Iceland

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Artists: Various | Album: This Is Icelandic Indie Music Vol. 2

For some exciting new Icelandic music check out a new compilation released by Record RecordsThis Is Icelandic Indie Music Vol. 2 features thirteen tracks, all of them Record Records artists. The first volume came out in 2013 and was the biggest selling compilation that was released in Iceland that year. 

Record Records is an independent record label based in Reykjavík. The labels roster includes an impressive line-up of artists such as Of Monsters and Men, Bloodgroup, Agent Fresco, Mammút, Ensími, Lára Rúnars, Sykur and more.

All the artist on the new record are members of the label, and the quality of work is extremely high. We have written about many of the tracks here on Icytopics, just click on the links below to read more. You can also listen to the album on Spotify, or download on iTunes or Amazon.  Do it! It’s worth every second of your time…

TRACKLIST

  1. Mammút – Blóðberg
  2. Ojba Rasta – Ég veit ég vona
  3. FM Belfast – Brighter Days
  4. Agent Fresco – Dark Water
  5. Benny Crespo’s Gang – Birthmarks
  6. Leaves – Ocean
  7. Mono Town – Peacemaker
  8. Júníus Meyvant – Color Decay
  9. Lay Low – Gently
  10. Tilbury – Turbulence
  11. Vök – Before
  12. Hymnalaya – In My Early Years
  13. Snorri Helgason – Kveðja

A sparkling collection of live brilliance

There’s nothing like experiencing music in concert. The relationship between you, a band, and a song are finally at the most intimate, whether you’re in the corner of a bar or on the muddy fields of festival. Join Icytopics as we look at three brilliant live performances that came out on YouTube this week.

The impact of this performance of Jóga by Agent Fresco’s Arnór Dan Arnarson is breathtaking. A classic song from the Björk catalogue with beautiful instrumentation and a voice in top form. Recorded with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra last year.

And here’s a brand new version of King and Lionheart that Of Monsters and Men did live at the Stopp – Let’s Protect the Park fundraiser in Reykjavík in March. Toned down, fragile, intimate.

And finally: Eivør, a songwriter from the Faroe Islands (but she has lived in Iceland for a couple of years!) with a little gem we couldn’t resist; An acoustic live recording of True love, performed under a weeping willow in Hannover for LaMosiqa One Shot Sessions.

Dramatic and cinematic teaser from Agent Fresco

Artist: Agent Fresco | Teaser: Dark Water

They’ve got the poetic lyrics, the nonlinear arrangements, melodies you can drown in and neckbreaker riffs alternating with swaying metallic grooves. Arnór Dan Arnarson, the front man, has a soothing, melodic voice that fits perfectly. His vocals hit every range from quiet whispers to falsetto notes to hard rock screams. Their numerous styles don’t always blend perfectly, but they create a solid sound that defines the band. 

Now it’s time for Agent Fresco to release their long-awaited second album. They’ve got a new single called Dark Water coming out soon, and it’s definitely something to look forward to. Check out the teaser trailer above by Bowen Staines.