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Made in Iceland V

(Iceland Music Export; US: Import; UK: Import)

Some have known for a while that there is a lot more to Iceland’s music scene than snow-queen Björk, but for those who are yet to explore the possibilities it would be hard to recommend a better introduction than Made in Iceland V. As you’d expect from such a country-focused compilation, the range of styles on offer is huge—including retro ‘70s cock rock, minimalist electro and dayglo dance-pop to name but three—but the real advantage of this edition is its genuine consistency.


Sóley’s “I’ll Drown” may be too slow-burning a start, but before long the compilation is throwing up all manner of infectious surprises. On “Hellbound Heart”, a band named Reykjavík! translate the Clive Barker novella into surprisingly accessible punk, but Vigrí‘s “Animals” is a ballad of real pathos, but nothing quite touches the wonderfully melodramatic “Shades” by symphonic folk band Árstíðir.

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Andy Johnson began writing about music in earnest in 2008, when he became a staff writer for the UK alternative music site The Line of Best Fit and has written for PopMatters since 2010. He runs two blogs - one called Wordcore which links to new reviews, features, and blogs and one which seeks to cover every song recorded by Manic Street Preachers in chronological order. He has been also known to tweet.


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