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Cool video for Tilbury’s Cool Confrontation

Artist: Tilbury | Song: Cool Confrontation

One of last years best Icelandic albums came from Tilbury. Originally founded by Þormóður Dagsson as a solo project in 2010, Tilbury is now a band with members hailing from groups such as Hjaltalín, Valdimar, Sin Fang and Amiina. The album, Northern Comfort, is a beautiful piece of mellow and melancholy synth pop produced by Aron Þ. Arnarsson who has worked with artists like Björk, John Grant, Of Monsters and Men, Gus Gus and The Brian Jonestown Massacre just to name a few.

Now designer Sölvi Dúnn Snæbjörnsson has done a video for the song Cool Confrontation, taken from the album, where an strange animated version of the band performs.

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

A sparkling collection of live brilliance

There’s nothing like experiencing music in concert. The relationship between you, a band, and a song are finally at the most intimate, whether you’re in the corner of a bar or on the muddy fields of festival. Join Icytopics as we look at three brilliant live performances that came out on YouTube this week.

The impact of this performance of Jóga by Agent Fresco’s Arnór Dan Arnarson is breathtaking. A classic song from the Björk catalogue with beautiful instrumentation and a voice in top form. Recorded with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra last year.

And here’s a brand new version of King and Lionheart that Of Monsters and Men did live at the Stopp – Let’s Protect the Park fundraiser in Reykjavík in March. Toned down, fragile, intimate.

And finally: Eivør, a songwriter from the Faroe Islands (but she has lived in Iceland for a couple of years!) with a little gem we couldn’t resist; An acoustic live recording of True love, performed under a weeping willow in Hannover for LaMosiqa One Shot Sessions.

Björk, Lykke Li and Patti Smith sing for nature

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Artist: Various | Event: Stopp Gætum garðsins

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.

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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.

Link to manifesto for the concert.