Reykjavík sextet Rökkurró have come back to Earth since their last album, ‘Í annan heim’ (“To Another World”). Gone are the hushed vocals and guitars that gave that record its dreamy sheen, replaced now with a more polished and earthy pop sound, as may be heard in this issue’s free track, “Blue Skies.”
As well as the marked change in style, the band have flipped from the Icelandic language into English, suggesting they may have their eyes set on broader, more worldly horizons in the coming year. As such, they are among the nineteen handpicked acts that will represent Iceland at Dutch music industry shindig Eurosonic in January, making a running start in 2015.
“This song was fucking hard to make,” says Rökkurró bass-man Árni Þór Árnason. “It was one of the first songs we wrote for ‘Innra’ but we kept going back and changing it. It almost didn’t make the album because we couldn’t agree on what it should sound like. But just before we finished recording, we stripped it down to the bare essentials, ruffed it up a bit, and ended up with something everybody loved.”
‘Innra’ is out now on 12 Tónar
Download the track here.