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…
Artist: Various | Event: The Icelandic Music Awards
The Icelandic Music Awards went down last night at Harpa, with awards being handed out to a wide range of artists. The biggest winners of the night were Mammút and Hjaltalin, taking home three awards each, and John Grant – American singer now settled in Iceland – who got two. The full list of nominees and winners can be seen on the awards website, but here’s the list for pop and rock:
Album of the Year – Komdu til mín svarta systir by Mammút
Song of the Year – Salt by Mammút
Composer of the Year – John Grant
Male Vocalist of the Year – John Grant
Female Vocalist of the Year – Sigríður Thorlacius (Hjaltalin)
Live Performer of the Year – Skálmöld
Best Newcomer – Kaleo
Album cover of the Year –Komdu til mín svarta systir by Mammút
Video of the Year – Hver er ég? by Grísalappalísa (see below)
Producer of the Year – Sveinn Helgi Halldórsson for the album Enter 4 by Hjaltalín
Lyricist of the Year – Bragi Valdimar Skúlason for the album Mamma þarf að djamma
Yesterday singer Björk together with a group of artists demanded that a nature conservation bill that was passed last year and was supposed to take effect in April, should be realized. This was brought forward at a press conference for a benefit concert, where among others Lykke Li and Patti Smith will perform.
Stopp! Let’s protect the Park is a common project by Darren Aronofsky, Bjork, Iceland Nature Conservation Association and Landvernd, Icelandic Environment Association. The artists who will perform at the concert are the Highlands, Patti Smith, Of Monsters and Men, Samaris, Retro Stefson, Björk, Mammút and Lykke Li.
In the afternoon of Tuesday, March 18, the film Noah will have a premier and later in the evening there will be a big concert where musicians will perform in support for conservation of Icelandic nature.
The film Noah was shot in Iceland in the summer of 2012 and the producers took great care not to cause any damage to the nature of Iceland. All artists will donate their work and the net income will be donated to INCA and Landvernd.
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.