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Making Of An Artist: Smoke, Carbon, And A Love Supreme With Úlfur Hansson

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Úlfur Hansson is a Brooklyn-based solo musician, film composer and sound artist. He has released three albums—2008’s ‘Sweaty Psalms,’ followed…

Animals And Funk: Vínstúkan Tíu Sopar Breathes New Life Into An Old Haunt

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It doesn’t take long to feel at home in Vínstúkan Tíu Sopar. Five minutes after arriving, I find myself perched…

Grapevine Playlist: K.ola, Múm Vs. Kronos Quartet, ADHD, Hjaltalín, Hermigervill

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Live seven lightning bolts striking your prefrontal cortex, here are the latest electrifying phenomena to appear from within the Icelandic…

Hornstrandir: A Westfjords Adventure On The Trail Of The Arctic Fox

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We’re about an hour out of Ísafjörður harbour when the horizon suddenly tilts. As our tiny, crowded passenger boat passes…

The Secret Greenhouse: A Hidden Bathing Paradise At Heydalur

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It’s approaching midnight when we turn down Route 633 towards Heydalur. The rough dirt road traces the coastline of Mjóifjörður…

Music News: Cate Le Bon Comes To Iceland, We Boo As Húrra Closes

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The Hljómahöll museum venue at Keflavík’s Museum of Rock ‘n’ Roll, has announced a concert by Welsh indie star Cate…

Premiere: Mr. Silla Wants To Run Away With You On New Single “Naruto”

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Mr. Silla has unveiled the first single from their forthcoming second solo album ‘Hands On Hands.’ “Naruto (say you’ll run…

Happening Tonight: JFDR, Jaakko Eino Kalevi & Farao

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Three Grapevine favourites join forces tonight for a blockbuster live show at IÐNÓ. Iceland’s own JFDR will perform alongside breakthrough…

What The Hell Is Post-dreifing? An A-Z Guide To The DIY Music Scene

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The Post-dreifing scene has so much going on, it can be hard to find your bearings. To get you started,…

Oh, Those Summer Smites: No Games, Gylfi’s Wedding, Sexy Rúrik Update

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It’s the summer fallow season, when cottongrass blows through the air, the only sound anyone wants to hear is ice…

The Real Thing: Pepsi League Update—Champions Valur Not Champing

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One of the top stories of this year’s domestic Icelandic football division—named The Pepsi League, because everyone knows that sugary…

Making Of An Artist: MSEA’s Dance Parties And Canadian Spit

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MSEA is a Reykjavík-based Canadian musician making intriguing, textural electronica-and-voice music. Her work often includes collaborative visuals—her first single, ‘Sex…

The Old Bookstore of Flateyri: Eyþór Jóvinsson Rolls Back The Years

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The tiny Westfjords town of Flateyri juts out into the blue sea of Önundarfjörður on a thin spit of land….

Last Words: Why It’s Okay To Talk About Iceland’s Wild Places

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Whether you love it or loathe it, heart it or unfollow it, today’s Iceland is an Instagrammer’s dream. Sure, visitors…

The Real Thing: Icelandic Football News From The Pepsi League

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Ah, Pepsi. It’s not quite The Real Thing, but it’s everywhere anyway. Some people inexplicably prefer it to Coke, but…

Premiere: Jae Tyler Unveils A “Famous” New Single

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Regulars on the Reykjavík music scene will be more than familiar with “Kansas-bred art boy” and self-proclaimed psychedelic-party-pop artist Jae…

An Ocean Of Sound: Anna Þorvaldsdóttir Evokes The Vastness Of Nature

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At first, there’s a loud hissing, like a hard wind whipping up sand from a barren plain. It’s joined by…

Grapevine Playlist: ROKKY, Hildur & Teitur, Sigur Rós, Gyðjan Uxi & More

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Like six hidden people pirouetting out of a weird misty summer moss-scape, here are the latest mythical emergences from the…

Track By Track: Daniel Pioro – Dust (Ft. Valgeir Sigurðsson)

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Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson picked up an award at the International Composer’s Conference in Argentina earlier this year. The piece…

Flowers In Town: Blóm Í Bæ Festival Brings Hveragerði To Life

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The annual Blóm í Bæ festival (“Flowers in Town,” in English) is happening for the eighth time this weekend in…

#IcelandSmites: Turkey Smaught 2-1; Euro 2020 Looking Good

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Iceland’s mighty armada of deadly footballing wildlings visited unholy ruination upon the meek, scampering mice of Turkey yesterday in an…

Iceland’s Festival Season: Flying Balls & Indoor Demons

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Iceland might not be the best country in the world for camping, but that doesn’t stop us from putting on…

Track By Track: AdHd – AdHd7

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AdHd are an acclaimed genre-destroying four-piece group that started in 2008, comprising saxophonist Óskar Guðjónsson, guitar and bass player Ómar…

The Witches Of Búðir: A Magical Shop In Snæfellsnes

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Hotel Búðir juts up from Búðahraun lava field on the southern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Visible for miles around,…

Making Of An Artist: IDK IDA’s Bees, Beauty And Anarchy In The Bleak North

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Ida Schuften Juhl is IDK IDA, a young producer, performer, artist and organiser who has become a firm favourite at…