Artist: Erlend Øye (and Hjálmar) | Single: Garota
The Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Erlend Øye presents the music video for his new single Garota. Erlend Øye is best-know for being a member of both indie folk-pop duo Kings Of Convenience and Berlin-based dance-pop project Whitest Boy Alive. But since the latter has broken up and no Kings of Convinience release is planned, Øye has been working on his solo album Legao instead. We’ve already posted the first single Fence Me In, now it’s time for single number two; Garota.
For Legao Øye has rounded up members of the legendary Icelandic reggae band Hjálmar. On Fence Me In the reggae influences were obvious with offbeat guitar and organ-shuffle. On Garota the reggae sound is more toned down, but still colored with horns and hammond in a distinctive Hjálmaresque way.
The album was recorded in Reykjavik, but the video was filmed in South Korea by director Michael Beech. The beautifully shot film documents a stadium-size show in Seoul with Erlend Øye backed up by Hjálmar, but also tells a fictional romantic story about Øye and a Korean garota, which means girl in portugese.
The album will be released October the 3rd via Bubble Records.
Artist: Amaba Dama | Single: Hossa Hossa
Icelandic reggae? As matter of fact the Icelandic reggae scene has been thriving the last ten years. And it’s not as strange as it first may seem. Keep in mind that with 6-10 months of snow, rain, cold winds and gray skies, it is pretty logical that the warm Jamaican rhythms might appeal to the Icelanders.
This summer Amaba Dama has won the ears and hearts of the Icelandic nation with their dance friendly hit Hossa Hossa. The band sings in Icelandic, with their musical influences steadily rooted in the traditional reggae style. Singers Gnúsi Yones, Steinunn and Salka Sól make up the core of the band. Supported by a group of groovy musicians the band has built a reputation of delivering a great live set to clubs and festivals all over the island. Amaba Dama aim to release their debut album this autumn.
The video for Hossa Hossa just came out, even though the single has been topping the Icelandic charts the last five weeks. The reason for the delay of the video was that the band only filmed when it was sunshine. There’s true Icelandic weather for you!
Artist: Sóley | Song: Halloween
Sóley (Sóley Stefánsdóttir) is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, pianist and member of the indie-collective Seabear. She also studied composition and is a passionate piano player and singer. In 2010 she released her debut EP Theater Island which was followed by her first full-length album We Sink.
Sóley is playing two festivals this summer– Rauðasandur Festival and ATP Iceland. This song is called Halloween from her upcoming album and this was the very first time she performed it live. It was recorded for KEXP at Iceland Airwaves last year.
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.
Since it’s June 17, the Icelandic Independence Day, we let Arnór Dan Arnarson, lead singer in Agent Fresco, introduce you to Reykjavik. (In Danish with English subtitles)
Artist: Sometime | Single: I Will Run
The band Sometime just released the single I Will Run. These two Icelandic music veterans – singer Diva de la Rosa (Rósa Birgitta Ísfeld) and band founder theDanni (Daniel Thorsteinsson) – make emotionally charged pop music together. Their first album Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was released in 2009. Three years later came Acid Make-Out: Music from the Motion Picture, a soundtrack to a short film of the same name. Now they are working on their third album. Sometime will also play live at the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavik and Extreme Chill Festival in Berlin this summer.
The clip above features I Will Run in a promotional film for the Icelandic fashion designer K O L B R U N.
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