That’s it. I think I’m taking a trip to Iceland within the next year. I need to visit the region that produces such wonderfully cinematic, expansive, and pensive music all rolled into one.
Made In Iceland is a compilation series that features premiere artists who showcase the country’s phenomenally solid talent pool. From the organization itself and a little more about the mix:
It’s time to dive into the fifth Made In Iceland release – a collection of eighteen diverse tracks from the cream of Iceland’s contemporary musical talent.
This very special collection proves that there is so much more to Icelandic music than first meets the ear: from the sonic spell-weaving capabilities of former Seabear artist Sóley to the bluesy tones of Lay Low, from the psych-rock excitement of Vintage Caravan to the transcendent neo-classical beauty of Olafur Arnalds, it is clear that Icelandic artists cannot be easily pigeonholed.
Made In Iceland V is the latest in the Made In Iceland compilation series, designed specifically to showcase the country’s myriad musical talent and bring it to the attention of the world. Thank you for listening.
If only all music videos could be filmed in Iceland. Seriously, the landscapes are gorgeous.
In Rökkurró’s music video for their single, “Sólin mun skína,” the band plays in an old, abandoned house in a fishing town off the coast of the naturally raw country. Delicate and ambient vocals fill up the shadowed wooden room while the camera pans through the dilapidated house. The sweeping crescendo at the three minute mark is my absolute favorite.
“Sólin mun skína fyrir okkur
grasið verður grænna fyrir okkur
blómin munu blómstra fyrir okkur
og ástin mun vara að eilífu.”
Sólin mun skína – Rökkurró
Right-click and enjoy.
As much as music is an aural experience, the visual is just as important.
In Low Roar’s first official video for his debut self-titled album, sparse rural landscapes and an elderly lead character truly help establish the desolate mood of song “Give Up.”
From the wardrobe to various paintings and other details in the trailer home, we can grasp just enough to create multiple stories in our head of who this man is and what his life has become. Gorgeous production and camera work only elevate the track’s gripping somberness.
Low Roar’s debut dropped November 1st and it’s an honest piece of work that follows Ryan Joseph Karazija (Low Roar) as he deals with the drastic move from San Francisco to Iceland. Out on Tonequake Records now, you can grab your copy here.
Here’s the closing track on the album, right-click and enjoy.
Tonight Tonight Tonight – Low Roar
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