Júníus Meyvant – “Signals” // Ole Brodersen

I hope that there is some kind of other life out there. I hope that someday we reach them. And I hope our message is just this beautiful song from Júníus Meyvant in a tiny glass bottle that they can listen to on repeat while they stare at our oceans.

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Kaleo – “I Can’t Go On Without You” // Alexandra Dvornikova

Beware the woman you can’t go on without. Your feelings are probably correct but it wont be a smooth ride….

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Kajak – “Indiana”

Whether for the US state or Mr. Jones, “Indiana” is a big badass stomper of a jam that does both justice. Blast it loud with the windows down as you wonder what 2 dudes from Reykjavik, Iceland mean by it…  Read more

Hjaltalín – “We Will Live For Ages”

I don’t even know about the things I’ve said

I don’t even know how many times we’ve met

On those days when it feels like your mind is slipping out the back door like a dog with a stolen bit of burrito its comforting to know that Hjaltalín are barely hanging on too. And humbling to hear them set their mental uncertainty to such beautifully funky yet somewhat tense indie grooves.  Read more

Ásgeir – “Torrent”

Iceland’s Ásgeir crafts beautiful and delicate folk-pop songs that pull me closer with every listen (See “Dreaming” below). However, it is the more raucous “Torrent” that first caught my ear with its oversized drums barreling right through my speakers! This guy has some serious talent. I’m excited for him to break here in the US. Check out these numbers…

At just 21 years of age, Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir is a sensation in his domestic music scene with almost 10% of the Icelandic population now owning his debut album, Dyrd í dauðathogn – the biggest and fastest-selling debut by a home grown artist.

[QUICKIE] Of Monsters and Men – MY HEAD IS AN ANIMAL (w/ “Little Talks”)

because though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

This remix of “King & Lionheart” got me into OMAM but jams like “Little Talks” have me coming back over & over. Big fun folk from the heart.

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]

[MP3] Kiriyama Family – “Time Out”

we are the understated, we are the time bomb, we’re gonna get out of this hell hole

♫ Kiriyama Family – Time Out

Synthezisers plus distilled adolescent joy equals “Time Out.” This perfect track for a Friday night comes to us from the unsigned and under-appreciated Kiriyama Family who call Iceland home. No word on whether they are a real family or more of a “blood-brother” type thing but its nice to hear theseguys having a great time. Now it’s time for me to have a great time. Let me just write time one more time.

Artist links: Facebook / Soundcloud

Sin Fang Bous is here for you

Sin Fang Bous

to hide myself and let you and no one else in

Sin Fang Bous – Advent In Ives Garden

eMusic calls Sin Fang Bous “Iceland’s Sufjan Stevens” which I find to be a bit preposterous because Sufjan’s tunes are never this cacophonous and rarely this propulsive. This guy is one to watch in ’09.

Speaking of 2009 this Friday will feature the latest MixTape from TBE “Look Out ’09: Where the music promises to be better than the title.” Thats right, my picks of some artists that we will (should) be hearing much more of in ’09.

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