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Music News: Maus’s New Album & Eurovision

Music News: Maus’s New Album & Eurovision

Published November 22, 2019

Valur Grettisson
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Maus-‘In This Fraction of a Second I Am Floating’

Maus, the semi-punkish Icelandic answer to Pavement, has republished their second album, ‘Í þessi sekúndubrot sem ég flýt’ (‘In This Fraction of a Second I Am Floating’) for its 20th anniversary. The album has achieved cult status in Iceland, no doubt due to its interesting line-up. The backup vocals are by GusGus singer Daníel Ágúst, and the cello by none other than Hildur Guðnadóttir, the Emmy-award winning composer for ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Joker.’ For the curious, the album is available both on vinyl and Spotify.

Eurovision!

Prepare yourself. Eurovision is coming. Well, in a few months. But don’t worry—there’s still some controversy. Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson, from the production team Stop Wait Go, has criticised RÚV for lousy agreements with the artist chosen to participate in the competition. He says RÚV keeps half of the rights of the winning songs forever. A spokesperson for RÚV didn’t deny this, but claimed that the winner does get somewhere from 900,000 up to 1.5 million ISK for winning the competition. That said, being onstage in a weird European country singing slightly off-tune for 70 million people is priceless.

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