Artists: Various | Album: This Is Icelandic Indie Music Vol. 2
For some exciting new Icelandic music check out a new compilation released by Record Records. This 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…
- Mammút – Blóðberg
- Ojba Rasta – Ég veit ég vona
- FM Belfast – Brighter Days
- Agent Fresco – Dark Water
- Benny Crespo’s Gang – Birthmarks
- Leaves – Ocean
- Mono Town – Peacemaker
- Júníus Meyvant – Color Decay
- Lay Low – Gently
- Tilbury – Turbulence
- Vök – Before
- Hymnalaya – In My Early Years
- Snorri Helgason – Kveðja
Artist: Lay Low | Single: Our Conversations
Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir a.k.a. Lay Low moved from Reykjavík to the countryside and got inspired. As a result she wrote her latest album Talking About the Weather, which she also produced herself. A beautiful and mellow collection of songs.
Lay Low has a rare ability to write songs that seem obvious when you hear them. Timeless melodies that are original without being overcomplicated. Performed soft and gently, with great warmth and conviction. The latest single from the album, Our Conversations, is no exception. A quiet drama that anyone can recognize. About the silence and the uncertainty in a relationship that maybe is about to end. Like in the new video by Rut Sigurdardottir Photography and Dalia Caste: A boxing match where both sides take a beating, get knocked down, but in the end…well, who knows?
Artist: Various | Live concert: Tónafljóð
On Sunday night some of Icelands best musicians come together in the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik.
Headlining Tónafljóð, or “Songbirds” in Eldborg, to name but a few are: Vök, Lay Low, Ragnhildur Gísla, Mammút, Ragnheiður Gröndal, Greta Salóme, Sunna Gunnlaugs and “Eldur” by Þórunn Viðar will be performed by members of the Icelandic Symphony.
KÍTÓN is short for “Women in Music” in Icelandic, is a recently founded organization in Iceland pushing on equality in the music business, visibility and nurturing the up and coming young female musicians, composers and performers.
KÍTÓN is a diverse pool of fantastic female artists who all have the same agenda: creating a positive dialogue, awareness, equality and a working platform between female musicians in Iceland.
The video below is from the Icelandic TV show Hljómskálinn and brings together grand old lady of Icelandic pop Ragnhildur Gísla, and the popular singer-song-writer Lay Low. Both of them will perform at Tónafljóð on Sunday.