Music News: Myrkfælni, Airwaves, The Return Of Vaginaboys - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Music News: Myrkfælni, Airwaves, The Return Of Vaginaboys

Music News: Myrkfælni, Airwaves, The Return Of Vaginaboys

Published April 20, 2017

Photos by
Art Bicnick & Magnús Andersen

Iceland Airwaves have announced a new crop of bands for the 2017 festival, including Russian new-wave band Glintshake, Aldous Harding from New Zealand, and Jo Goes Hunting from the Netherlands. From the local scene, Músíktilraunir winners Between Mountains join the bill, along with the competition runners up Phelgm and Omotrack, and local favourites Milkywhale, Exos and Pink Street Boys. These bands join previously announced hot young talents Fleet Foxes and Billy Bragg, alongside intriguing overseas artists like Xylouris White and KÁRYYN. Tickets are on sale now.

Myrkfælni is a music organisation run by Berlin-based Icelanders Kinnat Sóley and Solveig Kristjansdóttir, with the aim of promoting Iceland’s extreme music scene—that is, metal, noise, industrial, gothy shit, and the associated micro-genres. Their aim is to spread Iceland’s underground music scene as far and wide through as possible, be it through concerts and festivals, helping bands distribute their music and find new listeners, or running a magazine.

They’ve started a Karolina Fund campaign to do just that. At the time of writing, it has 14 days left to run—€14 will get you a copy of the first magazine and a 20-track download compilation, including new tracks by Kælan Mikla, Andi, Lord Pusswhip, Godchilla, SKRATTAR and more.

Masked Icelandic pop act Vaginaboys came out of hibernation this month with the announcement of not one but two new albums in 2017. Their Facebook post on the subject stated that the albums will compliment each other: “one in English and beats + one more Icelandic romance.” The first single from the new body of work is “Feeling,” a typically low-key electronic pop song, and their first to have English lyrics. Vaginaboys have been making waves in Iceland, and further afield, since their inception—with English lyrics opening up their appeal to a wider audience, it’s going to be an interesting year for the mysterious duo.

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