From Iceland — Grapevine Playlist: Sin Fang, gugusar And Björk vs Fever Ray

Grapevine Playlist: Sin Fang, gugusar And Björk vs Fever Ray

Published September 13, 2019

Grapevine Playlist: Sin Fang, gugusar And Björk vs Fever Ray
Valur Grettisson

Alexander Jarl – Marbella

Alexander Jarl announces himself in classic Jason Derulo-Style and then takes us on a trip to sunnier shores. This song is for anyone who is looking to prolong the Icelandic summer and ignore the fact that temperatures are hovering around 10 degrees Celsius. The familiar Latin beats are easy on the ears and evoke daydreams about being by the beach and having your second margarita before noon. LM

Sin Fang – Hollow

Where to begin? I feel like a kid on Christmas. This song is absolutely brilliant, the video, directed by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, is fantastic. Sin Fang is back and better than ever. The song is incredibly strong and I can’t wait to see those guys at Airwaves later this winter. These are definitely the comeback kids of the year. VG

Benni Hemm Hemm – MIKLABRAUT

This is a feel-good song that will instantly put a little smile on your face as you’re sitting in someone’s passenger seat, head out the window, with the fresh winds of the Icelandic countryside blowing in your hair. Perfect for any road-trip adventure—just make sure to get your pretty head back in before the driver hits the brakes. LM

Rauður – Himinbjörg

Rauður’s new track is an ethereal work that feels dreamy at first, but by the end, a sinister vibe creeps in. The video is also very dream-like, with footage of ocean waves played in reverse, and the artist climbing around the surrounding rocks and laying down in the water. I wish I could speak Icelandic, because I want to know more. SPO

Haraldur Þór – Pieces

Some of us remember what it was like to be emo. Haraldur Þór does a fantastic job of reviving that feeling without copying His Infernal Majesty or The Used. The track sounds fresh while also delivering a strong vibe of Chuck Taylors and skinny jeans. SPO

gugusar – I’m not supposed to say this

gugusar is the Icelandic response to Billie Eilish, just with an added touch of Soundcloud autotune and depression. The girl is only 15—yeah, seriously, 15—but her three released tracks betray a knowledge of tonal maturity far beyond her years. Write this name down now so you can genuinely say you listened to her before she was famous. HJC

Björk & Fever Ray – Feature Creatures (Fever Ray Remix)

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when Björk does creepy, you can’t go wrong. Here, the spookiest track off ‘Utopia’ gets a fabulous goth party remix courtesy of Fever Ray. Managing to maintain its eeriness while still being a true pump-up anthem, put it on while chugging red wine and dancing around in your best velvet chemise. I wouldn’t play it at a birthday party, but maybe a deathday one. HJC

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