From Iceland — Grapevine New Music Picks: Inspector Spacetime, Atli Arnarsson & Eydís Evensen

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Birna Schram

Happy New Music Friday! This week we’ve got a delightful selection of freshly-released Icelandic tracks for you, including a brilliant video accompanying Atli Arnarsson’s first solo release, and new music from Grapevine darlings Inspector Spacetime.

All these tracks—and so many more brought to you by The Grapevine over the past twelve months—are available in our New Music Picks 2021-22 playlist.

Inspector Spacetime​​ – “Kenndu mér”


After winning the Grapevine Artist Of The Year award in January, Inspector Spacetime are continuing to gain momentum. Their newest single ‘Kenndu Mér’, (‘Teach me’ in English) was released today and it’s already an earworm. The lyrics are a plea for help on letting loose, but no judgement here — these damned lockdowns made us all a little rusty, no? So enjoy this newfound freedom, blast ‘Kenndu Mér’, and learn some new moves — although maybe not the robot, lest you turn into a Glorbon. AP

Atli Arnarsson – “Siglandi”


Fresh music is available from Atli Arnarsson, a sound producer and musician from Iceland, currently based in Copenhagen. In the past, Atli has co-produced and mixed a number of albums, however, his own debut album Stígandi will be released later in 2022. ‘Siglandi’ is one of the three singles from the debut album that are now out. A rather complex piece, ‘Siglandi’ includes 2 violins, cello and viola, in addition to guitar, bass, and piano performed by Atli himself. IZ

Eydís Evensen – “Frost”


Eydís Evensen is well on her way to be the Philip Glass of Iceland. This young composer has achieved incredible success over the past years, and rightly so. Eydís is still wrestling with the weather elements (see also her break-through album ‘Bylur’ — storm). Her newest release is Frost (eh…frost) and as before, the composition is mainly melodic piano. It’s conspicuously accessible, but she keeps it interesting throughout, making this a pretty wholesome album. Eydís obviously has impressive talents in music, and we can’t wait for her next album – which we guess will be named Rain. Or Wind. Or Hailstorm. VG

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