If there is one word that describes Iceland’s thriving music scene best, it might be colorful. There are artists like Teitur Magnússon or Prins Póló that might be green. There are also yellow ones like AmabAdama, Júniús Meyvant or GKR. There are some deep blue ones like Vök, Kiasmos and Samaris. And – if you want to count it as a color – there’s a lot of black of all shades of course.
Remarkable moments sometimes come silently, they receive only small attention and are unnoticed by most. This can be a pity on the one hand, as more people should have witnessed and enjoyed them. On the other hand however, exactly this situation can make way for the magic inherent. A moment like this happened yesterday at Kranhalle/Feierwerk in Munich at the concert of Icelanic-Swedish folk pop pair of My bubba.
The summer in Iceland is not very hot but the days are endless. Particularly in June, when it stays bright for 24 hours. What could be better than to enjoy good live music during those magical days? The Secret Solstice Festival is being held since 2014. With a mix of established international artists as well as local up-and-coming musicians and bands, the festival provides a wide range of music genres and styles. This year´s big names are, among others, Radiohead, Of Monsters and Men (Iceland), Deftones and Die Antwoord. Sounds amazing? Sure, but still you didn´t know about our insider tips! If you got lucky, holding a Secret Solstice ticket in your hand, we would like to recommend you some hidden gems among artists from Iceland you shouldn’t miss at your Solstice experience. For last-minute travelers, there are still festival tickets and affordable flights available. Be quick!
The festival summer comes closer quickly! And right before it’s time again for all of us to hang around on filthy camping grounds and dance into the night in front of the stages of this country, we’ll tell you where you can do all this to the music of which Icelandic band.
Björt Sigfinnsdóttir is an admirable allrounder: she founded a festival taking place in her hometown Seyðisfjörður in eastern Iceland every year, she’s running an arts school – and she is FURA, together with her companions Halldur Jónsson and Janus Rasmussen. The trio started in 2013 to make music together and in last November, they released their full-length, self-titled debut record.
I´m a big fan of music videos and I’m also convinced that releasing music together with a video is pushing the whole thing to a higher level and finally completes the song. So Cryptochrome is exactly doing the right thing – releasing a video a month for each song of their forthcoming album More Human, with the final video set to drop on 11th of November, 2016.
If you would ask me about my opinion on the most beautiful beard of Iceland’s music scene, I’d have to make my decision between two in the end. And it would definitely be a tough decision. Both Berndsen and Teitur Magnússon have grown downright masterpieces on and around their faces. At the mere sight, I lose myself in thoughts of a kind like “when I’ve grown up, then…”
Many people still think that Icelandic music sounds like elfs making love between moss covered lava fields. But let me tell you: There is so much more than this. And I´m always looking forward to see Icelandic bands with a really fresh and unique sound playing in Berlin. Fufanu is one of those bands, which had a gig at Musik & Frieden on Sunday 13th.
Since the invention of Psychedelic Rock, the three guys of The Vintage Caravan – Óskar, Alex and Stefán – are touring around, or at least you might think so. Though just at the beginning of their twentysomethings, the band is already facing an almost 10 years (!) history.