Monday, June 17 2013
Sigur Rós' "dark album", Kveikur, doesn't do much to push the Icelandic band into new sonic territory, but it does refine its decades-tested style in the best way possible.
Monday, April 22 2013
On her third full length Ólöf Arnalds marries tradition and innovation. The language she does it in hardly matters.
Wednesday, November 9 2011
The Icelandic singer-songwriter serves up a fine quintet of English-language songs; highlights include covers of Springsteen, Dylan, and Johnny Cash.
Sunday, January 2 2011
Whimsy here functions as a kind of evasiveness.
Sunday, August 29 2010
The musicians make a bold bid for unoriginality by spending most of their time covering the songs of other people.
Tuesday, August 24 2010
Óðmenn sits not only on the cusp of two decades, but also on the cusp of two sounds. One is younger, grubbier and percussive, the other is more expansive and guitar-rooted.
Sunday, March 28 2010
Icelandic septet sits down around the communal campfire and serenades us with set of hush-hush, folk-pop that doesn't so much "build a fire" as put one out.
Wednesday, September 16 2009
Wednesday, February 25 2009
This collection might have been swallowed up by Iceland's financial crisis, but perhaps that's just as well -- it probably wouldn't have made much of an impact anyway.
Tuesday, February 17 2009
Clangour may not be perfect, but it positively brims with perfect, unabashedly psychedelic moments.