I don’t know how this happened, but I forgot to add examples of some Icelandic music in “Danish & Norwegian Music Awards” post. This is surprising because I have been a huge Björk fan most of my life (from 16 onwards thanks to my pal Corley), and my first trip abroad was actually to Reykjavik to attend the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. In fact, I attended the very first one back in 1999 when I was living in New York. Yes, almost 10 years ago. Yikes.
It was an incredible show. I stood front row and center and jammed to the Icelandic vibes of Gus Gus where I learned the “official” Icelandic way of dancing = bouncing straight up and down like the singer does in the video below. Quarashi, an Icelandic Beastie Boys-type hip hop group, put on a “sick” performance. I had a total blast and met a lot of cool people. One of which was a French guy living in Iceland with his Icelandic girlfriend with whom I just reconnected on Facebook.
Here are some oldies and some new Icelandic music that might be worth checking out.
FM Belfast: Underwear (Nothing like singing about running around in your underwear!)
Sin Fang Bous: Clangour and Flutes
Sigur Rós – við spilum endalaust
Emiliana Torrini – Sunny Road