Author: RX Beckett - The Reykjavik Grapevine

First Blood: Meet ROKKY, The New Club Kid On The Block

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Sometimes all it takes is the right song. Quite suddenly last fall, newcomer producer ROKKY dropped a single that would…

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…

Weightless World: Marteinn Sindri’s Light Work Of Many Hands

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In Greek mythology, the god Atlas carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. For Marteinn Sindri’s debut album…

Sincerely Arrogant: Newcomer Skoffín Brings On The Boldness

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A resurgence of young indie rock is gradually sweeping through the underground of the Reykjavík music scene. Among these emerging…

Time To Emerge: Janus Rasmussen Opens Up About Going It Alone

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It can take time to step out on one’s own. For Janus Rasmussen, it took years as a member of…

Raise A Glass To The Genderless: Gender Cocktail Lets Go Of The Binary

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Imagine a magical alternate world where all your preconceived notions of gender are erased. There are lights, music, art and…

Dancing In The Dark: Vök Turn To Pop

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In a small pink, neon-lit basement studio in a remote part of Reykjavík, the members of the band Vök are…

Return To The Primal: Kathy Clark On Finding The Ancient Feminine Divine

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Entering Kathy Clark’s studio is like going into a little magical world. The modest sized space located behind the Wind…

Taking Care Of BIZNESS: CYBER Go To Work

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CYBER are too busy to meet for an interview. Since beginning as a spin-off of the buzzworthy rap group Reykjavíkudætur,…

Stay Queer: Reykjavík’s Supportive Spaces & Safe Party Places

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In a country where the Pride festival is more widely attended than the Independence Day parade, it’s no surprise that there…

Bleak Midwinter Haunts: The Spooky Reykjavík Guide

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Reykjavík is a creepy ass place. From the weather beaten-houses, to the ancient and decrepit graveyard, to the industrially extended…

Some Kind Of Void: Disappearing Into The World Of aYia

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After their live debut at the Secret Solstice festival in 2016, enigmatic trio aYia became an overnight buzz-band, inciting powerful…

The Cold Front: Kælan Mikla Have Grown Up And Blown Up

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Five years ago, Kælan Mikla were playing twenty minute sets of furious poetry-punk in the attic at Dillon. Five months…

Code Of Conduct: Daníel Bjarnason Releases ‘Collider,’ Talks Conducting

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“It’s a terribly strange job, to be honest,” Daníel Bjarnason finally says, after a long pause. He is staring straight…

Pure Vibes: Peeling Away The Etheric Layers Of Teitur

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Teitur Magnússon casually stands from the park bench he’s sitting on and saunters into the garden path. “When the sun…

Ruled By Nature: Muted Carves Out His Kingdom Of Sounds

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As far as artist names go, Muted is one of the most apt titles Bjarni Rafn Kjartansson could have chosen…

Nothing Else But Me: GDRN’s Velvety Trap Pop Is Sincerely Honest

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Swirling in a sea of luscious, soulful harmonies and sleek, modern trap beats, breakthrough newcomer GDRN’s music is slightly anachronistic…

Cloud Nine: The Extreme Chill Festival Aims For The Skies

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Since 2010, the Icelandic electronica community has been rallied together by the annual Extreme Chill festival, a multi-locational gathering of…

Build The Pattern, Break It Apart: Munstur Focus On The Repetitions

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On a sunny, breezy late afternoon, bandmates Kristinn Arnar Sigurðsson and Atli Arnarson stroll calmly across the grassy Hagatorg roundabout…

SOE Kitchen: Ólafur Elíasson and Victoria Elíasdóttir Fuse Dining With Art

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Soft grey light pours in through the high rectangular windows of The Marshall House from the overcast eastern sky. The…

Christmas Ends And Monday Starts: The Post Performance Blues Band Give It All

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We all know the feeling. The moment you read the final word of an amazing book. The second your plane…

A Deal With The Universe: Kristín Anna Navigates The Personal And The Professional

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A distinctly enigmatic character with a unique, ultra-high pitched voice, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir has been a widely recognised figure in…

Cold As Ice: A Rex Pistols Playlist

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When asked to make this list I started with a nostalgic list that reminded me of my first trip to…

KRÍA’s Sonic Tears: Merging Retro & Futurism

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Listening to KRÍA’s dark, ethereal synthpop gives a strange, wobbly, pleasant sensation of floating between timelines. From a retro vision…

Too Blessed To Be Stressed: Sólveig Matthildur On Robert Smith & Touring Japan

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In the short time since branching out into a solo music career, Sólveig Matthildur has caused tidal waves through Reykjavík’s—and…