Áfram Ísland Playlist
Photography, text and playlist by Neil Milton. Neil is one half of the We Sink Ships photography and podcast collaboration and composes, produces and performs music under the name Beneath Us, The Waves.
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For the third in the 405's location based playlists, A Polish based Scot is going to take us on a musical expedition to Iceland. How's that for cosmopolitan? Iceland: the beautiful, volcanic, glacial land of geysers, waterfalls, fjords, sagas and folk tales, has long been a land of music. From the early days of chanted rhyme (Rímur) to more recent times of Sigur rós, Björk, múm and the annual Iceland Airwaves festival, music has been an important, some would say vital, part of this country's heritage. While you are likely to have heard of the aforementioned bands, I've compiled a list of other wonderful Icelandic musicians - though Sigur rós do make an appearance through their collaboration of rímur with Steindór Andersen. Below are two mixes of 10 tracks each that will introduce you to, if not all, at least some new bands. The mixes are in no great order other than what I thought might flow together nicely. I've written the time at which each song occurs in case you want to go straight to a track. The most exciting thing about these mixes is that they only scratch the surface. Enjoy. Iceland Pt. 1 For A Minor Reflection - Reistu Þig Við, Sólin Er Komin Á Loft... (00:00) Retro Stefson - Salvadore (11:46) Borko - Hondo and Borko (15:51) My Summer as a salvation soldier - Stagedives and High Fives (22:23) Ólafur Arnalds - Erla's Waltz (24:57) Jónsi & Alex - Boy 1904 (27:09) Jóhann Jóhannson - passacaglia (32:10) Parachutes - Your Stories (38:08) Amiina - Rugla (43:03) Kira Kira - Kittens in his Pockets (47:00) Iceland Pt. 2 Daníel Bjarnason - Bow to String I - Sorrow conquers happiness (00:00) Benni Hemm Hemm - allt sem það fer (05:16) Hafdis Huld - Happy Ever After (10:57) Pétur Ben - Something Radical (14:19) FM Belfast - Synthia (18:10) Dynamo Fog - Rock 'n Rock (21:22) ultra mega technobandið stefán - Cockpitter (23:32) Storsveit Nix Noltes - Isinova Oro (26:04) Lost in Hildurness - Growth (29:34) Steindór Andersen & Sigur Rós - Fjöll í austri fagurblá (33:04)
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Header Image by Natsuki Otani