Grapevine Playlist: Icelandic Music From Kira Kira, GusGus, Dadykewl & More

Grapevine Playlist: Icelandic Music From Kira Kira, GusGus, Dadykewl & More

Grapevine Playlist: Icelandic Music From Kira Kira, GusGus, Dadykewl & More

Published May 21, 2019

Hannah Jane Cohen Valur Grettisson
Photos by
Kitty Von Sometime

It’s Grapevine Playlist time once more. Like seven sea eagles shooting out of an erupting volcano, here are the latest squawking expulsions from the Icelandic music scene.

GusGus – Fireworks
“Fireworks” is one of the better cuts from GusGus’s latest LP, ‘Lies Are More Flexible.’ The video, directed by Kitty Von-Sometime, adds some spark to the song, exploding some vitality and ambition into a slick and familiar pop-techno production. JR

Kira Kira – Holding Space For The Unimaginable
This wonderfully warm ambient sound bath will help you forget about the turmoil and torment of the world for a full seven minutes. And then 14 minutes. And then 21. Hell, shut off your Wi-Fi and spend a whole afternoon with it—it’ll do you good. JR

Null + Void & Úlfur Eldjárn – Where I Wait (Aristokrasia Version)
“Where I Wait” is the new single from Kurt Uenala, a Grammy-nominated producer who reworked the track with Úlfur Eldjárn. Featuring vocals from Dave Gahan, the “Aristokrasia Version” replaces the synths with a string arrangement. See Null + Void at the RAFLOST festival on May 23rd. JR

Keelrider – Too Far Gone
If Collective Soul collected in your soul, Keelrider will likely be just up your alley. “Too Far Gone” is a heavy, slow burner reminiscent of Alice In Chains and Puddle Of Mudd. Yes, you might have thought mid-’90s post-grunge was dead, but apparently it’s alive and kicking and living in Iceland. We’re not complaining. HJC

Ottoman – Perfect Way To Go
Take that classic Zeppelin sound, add a pinch of modern metal and wham-bam, you’ve got Ottoman. “Perfect Way To Go” is a solid effort, a classic rock track with a riff that’ll no doubt be headbanging around your noggin all day. HJC

Velvet Villain – Here Comes The Rain
These two kids are surprisingly powerful and are sure to sweep you away with their growling vocals, tight musicianship and genuine heart and attitude. I have great hopes for their first album, to be released this summer. VG

Dadykewl – Stundum ft. HRNNR
“Stundum” marks a dark departure for the normally upbeat Dadykewl. Over a crooning trap beat, the rapper tackles anxiety, depression, regrets and the stress of making art. It’s a promising new beginning for the artist, who, it has been rumoured, will be releasing a new album soon. HJC

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