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  • Your Band Is Called What Now?

    There are 220 bands playing Iceland Airwaves this year. That’s a lot of bands to keep track of. And some of their names aren’t exactly doing us any favours… Okay, So You Basically Have The Same Name East India Youth East Of My Youth Note: East India Youth are the band from the UK. East

  • WORLD PREMIERE: A FANCY NEW OYAMA TRACK!

    The hepcats of Oyama are all set to unleash their monster of a début album, Coolboy, which will be released in Iceland via 12 Tónar on November third (those fortunate enough to live in Japan can get it in less than a week, via Imperial Records). After giving the thing a couple of spins, we

  • Agent Fresco Release Parody Video

    Math-rockers Agent Fresco may be in the middle of mixing their upcoming 2015 album, but they still found the time to release new video “Dirt Water,” which is a parody of previously released “Dark Water” video. It is directed by Bowen Staines of Don’t Panic Films, who has previously shot videos for Skálmöld, Sólstafir and

  • EP

    What Kvöl’s new EP lacks in musicality is made up for in character. The Reykjavík-based post-punk band, which counts noted “Salvation Soldier” Þórir Georg as a member, released their hazy four-song debut this past July. The album is dark and New Wave in aesthetic, constituted by programmed 808-style drumbeats; groggy, doubled guitar lines; and indistinct

  • Lay Low: New Video, Tourdates

    Humble folk singer-songwriter Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, aka. Lay Low, has just released a self-directed video to her song “One Of Those Nights” from the 2013 album ‘Talking About The Weather.’ Lovísa describes the song as “a stripped down hummaby that I wrote after one of those nights back home in Iceland.” Check it out! “Making my

  • Grúska

    From start to finish, Grúska Babúska’s wobbly, otherworldly self-titled debut is a pleasure to experience. There is something definitively narrative and theatrical about the ten-song collection, whose eclectic instrumentation includes flute, ukulele, guitar, synth, melodica, music box and a range of pitched percussion. The theatrical nature of the record derives from the constant starting, stopping,

  • The Mengi Set

    Amongst the fast-changing merry-go-round of music venues in Reykjavík’s city centre, something unusual sprang up around last Christmas: a small, homely, unassuming performance space on Oðinsgata, called Mengi. It appeared quite suddenly, passed around initially only by word of mouth, but quickly become a well-liked venue hosting three shows a week for an intimate, fifty-strong


  • BÖRN

    BÖRN’s self-titled début is what some of us have been desperately waiting for: an album that properly echoes the misery of living in Reykjavík. Unlike mediocre bands who sing their happy tunes in broken English—with heavy doses of repetitive claps and heys!—BÖRN manage to portray Reykjavík as it really is. It’s neither cute nor civilized;

  • Akranes: Where Busted Amps Go!

    After carefully lugging my vintage guitar amplifier all the way from New York to Iceland, I foolishly plugged it in without a power transformer. There was an unusually loud humming noise and then it started smoking. The smell of burned plastic gently wafted around my flat. My panicky brain immediately cycled through these thoughts: Smart

  • Check Out Our Fancy Airwaves 2014 Compilation!

    Hey folks! It’s Iceland Airwaves time yet again. With 219 artists performing, we didn’t feel right just picking one for our track of issue, so we instead reached out to a shitload of bands performing and made this playlist for you all. With 58 contributing artists, the list clocks in at just over four hours, and

  • Making Airwaves Flow

    As the carnival of new music that is Iceland Airwaves approaches, the anticipation in the air is becoming palpable in Reykjavík. The festival pre-game is in full swing: there are posters all over town, the schedule and accompanying app have been launched, and the annual scramble for tickets that follows the inevitable “sold out!” announcement

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