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Sólstafir - "Isafold" (audio) (premiere)

Hear the latest from Iceland's Sólstafir with single "Isafold".

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Fufanu: Sports

The foreground of Fufanu's Sports lingers like a bad feeling, one that could have been more frightening by pulling closer more elements within the background.

Books

More Than Bjork: A Journey Through Iceland's Pop Music History

Blue Eyed Pop includes a trove of candid band shots, live performance photos and more that would otherwise go unseen by anyone outside of Iceland.

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Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. 2014

Sweden may be the 800-lb gorilla of Northern European cinema, but its neighbors have come on strong.

Film

A Melancholy Never Far Away: An Interview with Jóhann Jóhannsson

PopMatters speaks with Jóhann Jóhannsson about his latest venture into music for cinema, his moody and melancholy score for the police thriller, McCanick.

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CMJ 2013 Night 1: New Zealand + Iceland Airwaves Showcases

For the first day of CMJ, I wandered between New Zealand and Iceland, or at least pretended to by visiting showcases from those countries, and have the photos and videos to prove it.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson: 10 September 2013 - LPR, New York

Jóhannsson's performance leaves me with more thoughts and memories...

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Hot Eskimos - "Birthday" (Björk cover) (video)

Hot Eskimos turn the magic and confused beauty of the Sugarcubes’ most cherished number into a sublimely lush jazz rendering that brings the song’s most furtive emotion to the fore – one of deep sadness.

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Valgeir Sigurðsson: Architecture of Loss

Stunning album by the multifaceted Icelandic producer, label founder and musician that transports us to the glacial wilderness of his home country.

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Various Artists: Made in Iceland V

For the fifth time, there's more to Iceland's music scene than Björk!

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Ourlives: Out of Place

Out of Place is a grandiose short-player that should bring the band plenty more fans and acclaim.

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Hauschka & Hilary Hahn: Silfra

Silfra tries quite hard to walk the tightrope between the post-classical avant-garde and more conventional classical formations. But no matter how hard it tries to convince us of its own aesthetic authenticity, it always seems to trip itself up.

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Ólöf Arnalds: Ólöf Sings EP

The Icelandic singer-songwriter serves up a fine quintet of English-language songs; highlights include covers of Springsteen, Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

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Pascal Pinon: Pascal Pinon

Whimsy here functions as a kind of evasiveness.

Deanne Sole
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Trúbrot: Trúbrot

The musicians make a bold bid for unoriginality by spending most of their time covering the songs of other people.

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Óðmenn: Óðmenn

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.

Deanne Sole
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Seabear: We Built a Fire

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.

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Various Artists: Made in Iceland

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.

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Sin Fang Bous: Clangour

Clangour may not be perfect, but it positively brims with perfect, unabashedly psychedelic moments.

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Ólafur Arnalds: Eulogy for Evolution

The pathos that runs through both albums is powerful, flexible, something more complex than simple melancholy.

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Putumayo: Women of the World

Despite the different springs feeding into these women's inspirational homes, the album is successful at uniting these unique, accomplished musicians.

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Benni Hemm Hemm: Kajak

That professional-amateur sound Hermannson is aiming for can be a tricky thing to perfect.


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