Straumur: East Of My Berlin—Icelandic Synth Stars On The Move

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Electro-pop duo East of My Youth have been making international rounds in the past years. In the middle of September…

Straumur: Poem Thiefs Dancing In The Disco Lights

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Grísalappalísa, Iceland’s premier literate new wave band, just put our their first new song in like ages, and threw a…

Straumur: Power-Punk And Trippy Historic Sites

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Icelandic-Brightonian punk-pop trio, Dream Wife, just put out the song ‘Fire’ and it sure has been blazing up music publications,…

French Masters Do Distortion Justice

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In our last column we wrote about ‘Take Me Down,’ the first single from the upcoming EP ‘Unravel,’ by electronic…

Straumur: The Old And The Nu, With Black Pox, Par-Ðar, EinarIndra & More

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The rapper Bróðir Big just released his debut LP, ‘Hrátt Hljóð’ (“Raw Sound”), and while there sure is a swelling…

Straumur: Anderson .Paak-robatics and kef LAVÍK Videodrome

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First things first, the Secret Solstice festival that took place in Laugardalur from June 1518 was a monstrous blissful good…

Straumur: Juggling Pineapples With Smjörvi

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Old favourites Bárujárn, who haven’t been active for quite a few years, returned last week out of the blue with…

Straumur: More Songs About WD-40 And Djammviskubit

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An emerging electronic act with an eccentric name caught our eye recently: two guys who go by the names of…

Straumur: Mountains Between Mountains

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Músíktilraunir, the annual Icelandic Battle of the Bands, was held a couple of weeks ago. The winning band was Between…

Straumur’s Top 5 Icelandic Albums of 2016

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#5 Samaris – ‘Black Lights’ On their third and most mature album Samaris deliver threefold on their early promise as…

Straumur: Disco And Not Disco

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Earlier this summer we introduced you to the debut album from Andi, who makes delightful retro-sounding instrumental synth pop with…

STRAUMUR: Excursion To The Ambient Underwaterground

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Sindri Freyr Steinsson is a jack of many musical trades. He explores surf punk with a theremin twist in the…

Straumur: Life Secretive

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A comprehensive overview of the 2016 Secret Solstice experience. Thursday The Good Flatbush Zombies Flatbush Zombies incited a minor riot…

Straumur: Icelanders Abroad

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For the first time in the history of this column, the Straumur editorial board went outside of Iceland to mine…

Sci-fi Disco, 60s Lounge And Berlin Techno

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An odd recording came over our transom last month: the self-titled debut album/cassette of electronic musician Andi, which came out…

Straumur: Tarnished

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Musical recycling is a long and enduring tradition, kept alive this month by a gem of a remix, Einar’s Indra…

Nintendo, Slack Rock And Psychos!

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This month saw the release of ‘Polyhedron’, the debut LP from the long-overlooked one-man band Laser Life. The one man…

Straumur: High Quality House & Melting Hearts

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The editorial board of Straumur travelled all the way to Ísafjörður over Easter to witness the always extremely chilled and…

Straumur: The Voice Of A (de)Generation

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The find of February for us was local band kef LAVÍK. Although they didn’t perform at Sónar, they were there…