Artist: Kolfinna | Song: Shelter
Young Icelandic debutant Kolfinna Þorgrímsdóttir has made a cover of Shelter by The XX. And also made a simple, but nice video for it. Kolfinna is just starting her musical career, but says that she would like to be in a band and play music with others. She is learning to play the guitar and aspires to write her own songs in the future.*
The brilliant, very sparse, original by The XX has been covered by many other artists, with notable versions coming from Birdy – English recording artist Jasmine Van den Bogaerde – and Hercules and Love Affair. Kolfinnas version is so heavily influenced by Birdy’s version, that it’s actually more of a cover of the cover.
Here is Kolfinna’s new video for Shelter:
Here’s is Birdy’s version of the same song.
And here is the original in a vibrant live version:
* Source: Visir
Artist: Benny Crespo’s Gang | Single: Birthmarks
It’s been a while, but now it’s happening. Seven years after the release of their first album, Benny Crespo’s Gang are putting the finishing touches on their second album Minor Mistakes.
They describe themselves as “A progressive rock band that evokes the quirky fuzz of Sonic Youth and the dirty sludge of Queens of the Stone Age The band is co-fronted by both Helgi and Lovisa and together they sound majestically refreshing.”
Their self-titled debut album came in 2007 and immediately received critical acclaim, earning them three nominations at the Icelandic Music Awards, including newcomer and album of the year .
You can get a taste of the new album and see the video for Birthmarks on their Facebook-page.
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!