Some Iceland Airwaves stuff
I thought since I haven’t said fucking anything about that trip I went on to Iceland, I might as well start with a list of all the gigs I’ve ever been to. It grew somewhat since being at Airwaves so why not? Here it is, broken up into Airwaves and Not Airwaves… (I will post more things later)
“All I got left is one awkward embrace,
My last aim for a smile on your face…”
Because I rather love lo-fi Icelandic music. Actually, I just love Icelandic music.
There’s a depth to it that just isn’t present in the music from this country, or American music, or French, or Swiss… You get the idea.
This is “Aim for a Smile” by Icelandic lo-fi folk/electro duo Slowblow.
They started up in 1994, and from what I’ve heard, their sound has changed very little since then. They still favour the warm, “home-made” feel.
This song, among others really stands out for me, because all though it is fairly lo-fi, definitely not a perfect recording, they’ve still managed to get that vast, expansive feel that seems to be present in a lot of Icelandic records.
And they whistle on a lot of their tracks. That’s always a nice touch.
more people should listen to slowblow
I got some post today.
Pornopop - Centre
Sóley - Pretty Face
Múm - Hvernig á að særa vini sína
FM BELFAST - DeLorean
Apparat Organ Quartet - 5:27 onwards
Middle aged hipters with their organs and their MySpace and this:
Monsoon of Perfume - Dengue Fever
FM Belfast - Stripes
It’s time to dive into the fifth Made In Iceland release - a collection of eighteen diverse tracks from the cream of Iceland’s contemporary musical talent.
This very special collection proves that there is so much more to Icelandic music than first meets the ear: from the sonic spell-weaving capabilities of former Seabear artist Sóley to the bluesy tones of Lay Low, from the psych-rock excitement of Vintage Caravan to the transcendent neo-classical beauty of Olafur Arnalds, it is clear that Icelandic artists cannot be easily pigeonholed.
Made In Iceland V is the latest in the Made In Iceland compilation series, designed specifically to showcase the country’s myriad musical talent and bring it to the attention of the world. Thank you for listening.