From Iceland — Hörður&Emiliana&David&Vincent


Published August 12, 2013


Hörður Már Bjarnason, who goes by the stage name M-Band, just released a second single from his forthcoming LP ‘Haust’ (“Fall”) that will hit the shelves… this fall. The song “All Is Love” is a beautiful piece of experimental electronica, with hints of ambient. Highly recommended!
Rejoice! “Jungle Drum” songstress Emiliana Torrini has just announced a fourth album, ‘Tookah,’ due September 6. The first song off the new album, “Speed Of Dark,” is out now. The tune is a modern flavoured electronic-pop music that has us banging our heads and looking forward to more.
We are heavenly psyched about the upcoming David Byrne and St. Vincent concert, happening on August 18 at Háskólabíó theatre. Throughout David Byrne’s career—as a leader of the Talking Heads, through ambient world music collaborations with Brian Eno, and a slew of solo albums that touch upon on more exotic musical genres than you can think of—he has always been ahead of his contemporary curve. In recent years he has expanded his talents to multimedia art, movie soundtracks, installations, writings on city planning and designing bicycle parking racks. He played two concerts in Iceland in Háskólabíó in 1994, and was a guest at the Reykjavík Art Festival in 2010, where he showed outdoor installations throughout 101 Reykjavík.
St. Vincent has established herself as a formidable songwriter and an excellent guitar player. Her third solo album, ‘Strange Mercy,’ was one of the best records of 2011. A meeting of the two very sharp anminds resulted in the album ‘Love This Giant’ last year, and was unlike anything either one has done on their own. A leftfield pop record, relying mostly on a huge brass section and progressive electronic beats, the two singers trade lines effortlessly. St. Vincent also delivers some of her most inspired guitar work to date. Their tour in support of the album has received wild praise from the music press, accompanied by a huge brass band, with a set list covering most of “Love This Giant,” but also drawing on both artists’ solo careers—and even a few Talking Heads classics. The performance at Háskólabíó is a must see for any music geek with a mild touch of self-respect.

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