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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

Confident album debut with British touch

Artist: Mono Town | Album: In The Eye Of The Storm

Mono Town is a three piece band from Reykjavik that seemed to pop out of nowhere at the end of last year. In interviews they have been talking about their international approach to their career, releasing their debut album globally through Deezer and other online media before putting out a physical CD. This strategy seems to have been successful, earning the band a major breakthrough in Iceland but also gaining a lot of attention internationally.

But I hope that the guys also will focus on the qualities of their music in future interviews. Because their debut album “In the eye of the storm” certainly is filled with well-crafted songs, rooted in the British pop tradition. Names like Travis, The Coral and The Verve spring to mind. Those are not typical references when it comes to Icelandic music, but this band seems to go it’s own way and they deserve the attention.