Crash Course in Icelandic Music

28 03 2013

Inspired by the WOWAir Blog (http://wowiceland.co.uk/blog/icelandic-music/). This is my take…

Of Monsters and Men. Everyone knows them right now…

Björk. Who could forget the swan dress? She is perhaps the most famous musician to come from Iceland, ever. When her creativity was unleashed it was to the extreme and her progressive choices of beats is also some of the best things that have happened to music world wide.

Retro Stefson, the super fun and talented Icelandic septet band plays contagiously happy music. This 7 piece band got their start at a very young age, and only officially formed a band together to get free entrance into a youth talent show back in 2006. After realizing they actually had what it takes to make a real band, they started to take their music more seriously and have been growing and improving ever since.Their innovate, fresh approach to mixing Retro-Latin-Surf-Soul-Powerpop styles always keeps you smiling and wanting more …

Sigur Rós has been described as the biggest band in Icelandic history. Their songs combine beauty, majesty and, unless you speak Icelandic, mystery, over the lyrics. From what I understand, the word “Hoppípolla” means “Jumping In Puddles”, and the rest of the lyrics repeat the same sort of theme. Their music is simply amazing and blissful…

Bubbi Morthens is one of the best selling musicians in Iceland with his blend of rock, blues and reggae. They call Bubbi Morthens the “Elvis of Iceland” but I think he is more like Bruce Springsteen. His song, Aldrei fór ég suður, is the name for the music festival held here in Ísafjörður each year. He will sing at the festival this year as well as the artists who follow…

Mugison‘s music is loud and catchy, with the feeling of swinging blues and a dash of southern country in many of his tracks. When he sings softly, it gives you goosebumps, and his slower tracks really are beautiful. If you plan to see Of Monsters and Men this spring, you will be in for a treat since Mugison is joining them…

Prinspóló is the alter-ego of Skakkamanage’s front man Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson. Prinspóló sings about the important things in life, like food and senior citizens. His quirky lyrics and catchy tunes has gathered him some popularity in downtown Reykjavík music scene…

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