Author: Hannah Jane Cohen - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Exactly What It’s Supposed To Be: Ingibjörg Turchi Reflects On ‘Meliae’

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In Greek mythology, the Meliae were a type of tree nymph. According to some sources, mankind actually originated from them….

A Glorious Shrine To Nothing: Núll Is The Band To Not-Exist To

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In years prior, I used to always describe Núll with silly epitaphs like ‘The Most Ungoogleable Band In Iceland’ or…

The Grapevine Music Awards 2021: The Winners Are Here!

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Oh, you thought a pandemic would stop us? No way! It’s January, and that means the Grapevine Music Awards 2021…

Grapevine Playlist: Bashar Murad, Oscar Leone, Birnir, Páll Óskar & More!

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Music—have you of it? Here’s some of our favourite tracks from the last month. Bashar Murad – MASKHARA Bashar Murad—who…

Gods Of Iceland: Sif, A Totally Fully-Fledged Three Dimensional Character

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Superpowers: Beautiful blonde hair. A great wife. Weaknesses: Beautiful blonde hair. A great wife. Modern Analogue: A great wife with……

Track By Track: ‘Inspector Spacetime’ By… Inspector Spacetime

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Dance-lovers Inspector Spacetime—Egill Gauti Sigurjónsson, Vaka Agnarsdóttir and Elías Geir Óskarsson—walk us through their debut effort track by track. Intro…

Katrín Jakobsdóttir Decries Pro-Trump Mob Riots As “Attack On Democracy”

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Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir has responded to the pro-Trump rioters, who only hours ago breached the U.S. capitol building in…

2020 In Culture: Joker, Please Perform “Ja Ja Ding Dong”

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2020 was pretty heavy on very serious political news. Not naming any names, of course, especially not one whose name…

Our Culture Editor’s Top Three Albums Of 2020: An Exhaustive Write-Up

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This was supposed to be a top five list but after writing 2,000 words about three albums, I decided to…

The Pandemic Holiday Diaries #3: Gógó Starr & Bobo Starr

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How does one approach the holiday season in the midst of gathering bans and social distancing? To learn, we’re sitting…

Fancies: DJ Dóra Júlía

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Fancies is a Grapevine series where we highlight an individual with supreme style. Our latest subject is Dóra Júlía Agnarsdóttir…

The Pandemic Holiday Diaries #2: Bára Halldórsdóttir & Hrafna Jóna Ágústsdóttir

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How does one approach the holiday season in the midst of gathering bans and social distancing? To learn, we’re sitting…

The Pandemic Holiday Diaries #1: Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir & Melkorka Sigríður Magnúsdóttir

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How does one approach the holiday season in the midst of gathering bans and social distancing? To learn, we’re sitting…

Áslaug Magnúsdóttir’s Katla Brings Sustainability To The Forefront Of Fashion

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Áslaug Magnúsdóttir wears a lot of hats. When she talks, she’ll transform from a shrewd businesswoman to a staunch activist…

Limitless, Effortless, Genreless: Magnús Jóhann Refuses To Be Defined

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“Basically, the whole beginning of this whole album process was not a single note of music, it was the cover,”…

Track By Track: ‘What Love Is’ By Rex Pistols

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Goth isn’t dead, people. It’s alive and thriving in downtown Reykjavík in the form of Rex Pistols, who recently dropped…

Track Premiere! “Þoka” By Herdís Stefánsdóttir

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Composer Herdís Stefánsdóttir is most well-known for her soundtrack work—you might have heard her compositions on HBO’s ‘We’re Here’ or…

A Cinematic Collection Of Souls: The Icelandic Love Corporation On ‘Psychography’

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A teenager lies on the floor feeding herself popcorn with her feet. A woman in a glamorous outfit hopelessly sweeps…

We <3 Cake: Baunin Serves Up Vegan Treats For The Ages

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Covered with delicate, earthy, abstract flowers overlaid in rich jewel tones, you’d be forgiven for wondering if you’d just walked…

The Backbone Of The Arctic: Ragnar Axelsson Celebrates The Legacy Of The Greenlandic Sled Dog

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“I was talking for maybe two hours to this Greenlandic hunter with a translator. There was an elderly Greenlandic woman…

Soundtrack To The Plague: Become Prisoner To Auðn’s Waking Dream

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The newest album by Auðn, ‘Vökudraumsins Fangi’ (‘Prisoner Of A Waking Dream’), ends on the line “Minning þess sem aldrei…

Well, You Asked: Switching Babies With A Cooler Couple

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You’ve got questions. We’ve got inflated-confidence. Here’s your weekly dose of Grape-vice.  What would Meatloaf NOT do for love? I…

Gods Of Iceland: Hel, The Goth Loner Half-Zombie Queen

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Superpowers: Owns a hellish underworld. Weaknesses: Susceptible to sulking. Very few friends. Half-zombie. Modern Analogue: Weird loner goth kid who…

YNDI Yoga Brings Holistic Self-Care To Your Living Room

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With winter approaching—and the pandemic still a large part of our lives—it’s more important than ever to take care of…

Release Alert! sóley Goes Experimental Accordion On Harmóník

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Friday the 13th in the year 2020 might seem an auspicious day, but the lovely songstress sóley has livened it…