Published October 1, 2013
Sin Fang’s ‘Flowers’ is one of our favourite albums of the year and now one of its standout tracks, “Young Boys,” has been remixed by none other than Jónsi from Sigur Rós. Of course Jónsi is quite familiar with the material since ‘Flowers’ was recorded at his own house and produced by his partner Alex Somers. He slows the song down and skips the chorus, piles on loads of echo on the tambourines and adds a hazy synth arpeggio that builds slowly throughout the song. It’s a wonderful treatment, full of sonic details that tickle your eardrums.
Speaking of young boys, you should keep your ear open for underground beat-making from Tómas Davíð, a 19-year-old from Reykjavík who just released his first EP called ‘1,’ under the name of Tonmo. The album consists of eight songs of fantastic chillwave-influenced hip-hop that Tonmo wrote and produced while living in Huntington Beach, California earlier this year. You can buy the album on Bandcamp for 4 USD and you can see him live on the decks with Lord Pu$$whip at Iceland Airwaves in November.
Before that though, you should catch the band Bleached from Los Angeles, who are touring Europe and will stop in Iceland, performing at Harlem on Thursday, October 17. Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin blend vintage punk with sunny and melodic Southern Californian rock on their enjoyable debut album, ‘Ride Your Heart,’ which came out earlier this year. Bleached will be supported by Icelandic hardcore outfit Muck and tickets are available at midi.is and in Brim clothing stores.
Now, although we mainly think and write about music, we also like to go to the movies. Last week we attended a screening in Bíó Paradís of ‘Shut Up And Play The Hits,’ a documentary about LCD Soundsystem’s infamous last show in Madison Square Garden. The concert footage alone was worth the entry, and although there won’t be another screening we strongly recommend people get a hold of it, by any means necessary.
There are also some interesting music documentaries showing at the Reykjavík International Film Festival, which opened on September 26. We’re excited to see ‘Mistaken For Strangers’ about indie band The National’s world tour. It was made by the lead singer’s brother who went with them as a roadie but instead spent most of his time filming his and the band’s escapades. Reviews say that it’s really funny and highly personal.