From Iceland — Track Of The Week: 'Segiði bara satt' by Reykjavíkurdætur

Track Of The Week: ‘Segiði bara satt’ by Reykjavíkurdætur

Published April 29, 2016

Photo by
Art Bicnick

The newest addition to Reykjavíkurdætur’s growing repertoire is a soft groove called ‘Segið bara satt’ (e. Just Tell the Truth). Reykjavíkurdætur are known for frequently engaging in cultural criticism and this song is no exception. “Segið bara satt” is a response to the current political situation in Iceland and is strongly critical of capitalism and neoliberal politics.

The lyrics are composed by MC Bein (Bergþóra Einarsdóttir) and include sound clips of current and former ministers speaking about the importance of economic growthcontextualising today’s issues against the background of the 2008 crash and the ensuing financial crisis, with the song ultimately diagnosing the men as being addicted to money.

MC Bein says the song is inspired by John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth”, but that its potency grew when the Panama Papers scandal unfolded.

Meanwhile, the beats are composed by renowned singer/songwriter Mr. Silla (Sigurlaug Gísladóttir) who released an album last year to critical acclaim. “Bergþóra and I have been friends for a long time and we had been working on the song when the scandal broke, which subsequently made the song even more relevant.”

The daughters of Reykjavík are working hard at the moment finishing their upcoming album. We can’t wait.

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