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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

Bold music by bald gentleman in bowler

Artist: Rúnar Þórisson | Album: Einhver vá

Sometimes it seems like the remote northern island, called Iceland, is overrun with pimple popping musical geniuses. Young women and men making great music in 3, 4, 5 bands at the same time. And it may also seem that Icelanders only play arty and quirky music with electronic distortions, beeps and buzzes, glockenspiel, and the characteristic falsetto vocals.

But Rúnar Þórisson is a living proof that Iceland has a music scene that is much broader than that. You can be wrinkly, bald (and wear a bowler) and still create fresh and interesting music. In the eighties Rúnar was guitar player in Grafik, a romantic pop band with huge hairdos,  frilly shirts and make-up.

Grafik keeps a low profile today, with some occasional reunion shows now and then. But Rúnar has kept up a solo career and with untiring force continued to challenge himself in the musical field.

His third solo album Einhver vá (Every wow) is lush record, brimming with lovely, artful songs. Þórisson’s occasionally burning, frequently sweet and bubbly guitar dominates throughout. His daughters Margret and Lára (seasoned alt-pop singer-songwriter who has collaborated with Damien Rice) add soaring backup vocals that are a crucial part of the album’s crisp melodic lightness. The album is available on iTunes and Spotify. Listen and be wowed!