Published June 2, 2017
Indie-pop darlings Prins Póló recently released a video for their new song “Ölkærastan” (“Beer Girlfriend,” in English). It was made in collaboration with prominent autistic artist and director Ísak Óli, whose paintings often feature Tintin as a motif. “Ísak is an unique artist and character, and his collaboration with Margrét & Lee, who directed the video with him, was beautiful,” said the band, also describing it as “a great honour and an unforgettable experience.” It’s an authentic collaboration, and hopefully others in the music industry will follow the example.
The rate at which Icelandic bands are throwing out new tracks is accelerating as rapidly as Icelandic days are lengthening. Pink Street Boys, the self-styled bad boys of Icelandic punk, put out a new song called “Wet,” with a video that’s inexplicably about KFC; they play live at Bar Ananas on August 2. Self-styled even-badder boys Skrattar released a seven-track album ‘Og Djöfullinn Sjölfur’, which includes a collaboration with Alvia Islandia. The band features members of Muck (RIP) and Fufanu, which should give you some idea of what to expect. Read their track-by-track guide on page 37.
There was plenty going on in other genres too. Jazz-rock collective ADHD released their sixth studio album, the ingeniously titled ‘6’, and announced a spate of European tour dates throughout 2017. Fresh-faced rap kid Smjörvi release a pineapple-heavy video for his new krútt-hop song “Sætari Sætari,” and MAMMÚT dropped a colourful video for their latest single, “Breathe Into Me.”
Finally, Sin Fang, sóley and Örvar Smárason released the latest track in their monthly collaborative singles series, entitled “Slowly.” It sounds like a good album is forming there, one song at a time—slow and steady wins the race, as they say.