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A mix of musical news from Iceland


Ben Frost has made it onto FACT Magazine’s quarterly 20 Best albums list. Ben Frost is an Australian composer and producer long based in Reykjavík, Iceland. His latest studio album Aurora, influenced by his time in the eastern Congo, has been highly acclaimed by critics everywhere from Pitchfork to Q Magazine. And that’s great if you like minimalist, instrumental and experimental music. We pretty much get severe anxiety after only 30 seconds.


The electro pop duo Highlands has grown to be a big name in Iceland. But now they decided to change name to Young Karin instead. The name change is the result of pressure from another band with the same name. “They will play hardball if we use it,” says Logi Pedro Stefánsson on Highland’s Facebook page. The new name refers to singer Karin Sveinsdóttir’s young age.



Neil Young is headed  to play his first ever concert in Iceland. The concert will be part of an extended programme of ATP Iceland dubbed the ATP Takeover Series. The organizers have announced a programme of gigs on the nights between Neil Young & Crazy Horse (July 7th) and the second ATP Iceland festival (July 10-12th), including a special show by Ólafur Arnalds on July 9th. The festival already boasts a impressive lineup that includes Portishead, Interpol, Mogwai, Slowdive, Shellac, Devendra Banhart, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Swans, Loop, Low, Liars and many more.


Útidúr is a ten piece group from Iceland that plays what they call  “joyous and ambitious chamber-pop with a dramatic streak”. This motley band of musicians are now about to head off on a tour of Germany are also letting any potential listeners download their last album Detour absolutely free. Here you go. Enjoy!


Premiere for Les Frères Stefson


The siblings Unnsteinn Stefánsson and Logi Stefánsson are the driving forces behind Retro Stefson, one of Icelands most popular bands, bridging the mainstream and indie scene with a brew of multilingual rock/pop/latin/metal/dance-music. And alongside topping the charts, touring and writing music for Retro Stefson they also manage to have a number of side projects. Phew! 

The latest project is a new series produced for Icelandic Bravo TV, where Unnsteinn will be presenting new music. It’s called Les Frères Stefson. And as happens, the premiere episode features Highlands (that we wrote about in the very first post on Icytopics) which equals his brother Logi Stefánsson and Karin Sveinsdóttir. 

Here’s the first episode with English sub-titles. The seventeen minutes are worth watching. It contains exclusive performances by Highlands and an interview with Karin Sveinsdóttir where she among other things talks about when she discovered that her brother was a famous Icelandic rapper.

(NOTE English subtitles are only visible on YouTube)

The number one

Artist: Highlands | Mixtape: n°1

OK, let´s do this. In our first post ever on Icytopics, we check out the first video from pop duo Highlands.

Logi Pedro Stefánsson from Retro Stefsson discovered 17-year old student Karin Sveinsdóttir’s incredible voice when he was on the jury of a talent show. They got together and started recording in his home studio and last year they released their first single Hearts.

Last week saw the release of this ambitious video for Hearts. Watch out for the cameos by the members of Retro Stefsson. The song headlines a mixtape with six new songs called n°1. And since Highlands are a very generous and giving couple, the tracks are available for free download on Soundcloud.

Download it now, they’ve even thrown in a free remix by the foremost electronica pop ambassadors of Iceland – múm!