“Alter Ego” may have just been released at the beginning of the month, but you’d be excused for thinking it came right from the 80s. This should come as no surprise to those familiar with Berndsen, Reykjavík’s own bearded New Wave god for the new millennium.
On the first single off his upcoming album of the same name, Berndsen leaves behind the more industrial-sounding influences of groups like Kraftwerk in favour of a dream pop vibe. Well-crafted hooks float above bubbly synth lines on “Alter Ego,” while guest vocals from Elín Ey balance out Berndsen’s smooth baritone.
Although “Alter Ego” makes a great summertime pop single, it would also be well-suited to keeping spirits up during the depths of an Icelandic winter.
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