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The Goth Bitch Speaks: Countess Malaise’s Artist Playlist

The Goth Bitch Speaks: Countess Malaise’s Artist Playlist

Published August 27, 2018

Hannah Jane Cohen
Photos by
Art Bicnick

Countess Malaise, Iceland’s premier horror rap goddess, welcomes you all to her castle of turnt darkness with this playlist of her favourite Icelandic songs. You know, the formative tracks that instilled in her the horror she has since unleashed on the world.

Páll Óskar – Stanslaust Stuð

This song is a disco classic. It speaks for itself. Pure fun and totally queer.

Þeyr – Killer Boogie

Þeyr is the sexiest band Iceland has ever birthed, to be honest. I chose this song because it is hella vibes and it sounds like how I feel in a leather jacket.

DYS – Ísland Brennur

Damn, ‘Ísland Brennur’ takes me back to my teenage years, when going to small punk/metal shows was the highpoint of my week, Hljómalind was still up and running, and Reykjavík was still raw.

Björk – Hidden Place

One of my maaaany fave Björk songs. I honestly feel like this song is about my boyfriend, Þórður, and I.

Bubbi – Stúlkan sem starir á hafið

My father is ancient and he spoke a different language. I guess that’s what happens when you are born in 1934 and raised in a town with a population of 200 people. This song was one of our mutual favourites and I would sing it to him sometimes. It’s a sad song about a girl that is isolated from everyone in a small town because she lost her lover to the ocean and the only thing she does is stare at the sea and think of him.

Kælan Mikla – Nornalagið

Kælan Mikla is the best band in Iceland. I am a goth bitch and their music is pure goth. I dunno…they are just so fucking cool. Go Kælan Mikla, ily.

Björk – Vökuró

Another of many fave Björk songs. I just love all the elements to it. I can feel it, I can see it, and I love singing along to it. I used to walk in the rain by the sea listening to this on my iPod and sing to the ocean on the regular. Not even kidding.

PSYCHOPLASMICS – 101 Reykjavík

I think this is one of the best songs ever made. It’s loaded with personal memories and 2 of my best friends, Alli and Þórður, made this song. The video was shot on my birthday on a VHS a few years back, and I actually shot a lot of the scenes – hehe. It’s so damn goooood.

Slim Poppins – Ice Cold

A new song produced by the one and only g.o.a.t. LORD PUSSWHIP. Slim Poppins is somebody to look out for. She’s on the come up and she is cold…ice cold.

Read more about Icelandic music here, and follow Countess Malaise on Facebook here.


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