Iceland Airwaves Day Two (11/6): Sin Fang, FM Belfast, Utidur, FURA (REVIEW)

On Wednesday, Sin Fang, an Icelandic experimental indie group, took the stage at Harpa Silfurberg. They played a 40-minute set that was mesmerizing to both the eyes and ears. Leader of the group, Sindri Már Sigfússon, captivated the audience with vocal effects, such as fades and echoes. He was flanked by two drummers, both of whom were keeping tempo with one another very well. Although the group was illuminated by a very minimal amount of lights, the visuals playing in the background enhanced the experience. In the middle of the set Sin Fang performed their new song “Never Let You Go.” Having recently released their album Flowers in 2013, many of the other songs they played came from their, including the crowd favorite as the final song, “Young Boys.”

FM Belfast ended that night at Gamla Bíó to a completely packed audience. They are an Icelandic group under the electro/electronic/dance genre who played several songs from their latest and third full-length album Brighter Days. The performance FM Belfast put on was very energetic. The different instrumentation, such as percussion and brass instruments playing alongside electronic beats helped to make them standout among the other bands. From the moment they began the crowd was going wild. FM Belfast has had the most energy thus far in their performance, jumping around and getting the crowd excited to see them play. The band was also very vocal when it came to speaking with the audience, which matched the feel of the music: Happy and full of life. For the remainder of the weekend they are also being featured on KEXP at the Kex Hostel and again at Harpa Silfurberg.

To kick off night two of Airwaves I went to the media party at Paloma. There I was able to mingle with industry folks and just hang out with the rest of the class for a bit. Once the party finished though it was straight to work for covering the bands.

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Saxophone and violin, guitars and bass, keys and drums, were the instruments that made up the Útidúr performance at the Reykjavík Art Museum. Powerful melodies alongside thoughtful lyrics had the audience captivated. Hand percussion was also used in the performance by several members of the band. As the show went on the tone grew darker. With the help of the lights, this chamber pop group resounded through the hall they performed in. Últidúr is known for recording their albums with as many instruments as possible and as the show progressed an accordion was taken out for use. It added another eerie component to the show. The balance between the music and lyrics was drastically heavier on the music side, however that was where their voice as musicians really shined through. When they did sing it tended to blend in magically to the music. Each song that was performed will be a part of their upcoming EP to be released soon.

FURA, a group comprised of Björt Sigfinnsdóttir, and Hallur Jónsson & Janus Rasmussen of Bloodgroup, took the stage at Iðnó tonight. They began their set with two familiar songs, “Demons” and “Poems of the Past.” Then, Sigfinnsdóttir introduced some new songs that she said would be coming out on an album they are releasing by the end of the year. Some of the songs included “I Hear Your Heart Beat” and “Lights are Out.” During the show Jónsson and Rasmussen were completely into the beats and rhythms they were producing, jumping around, banging their heads and making eye contact with one another to keep it all together. One of the things that made FURA stand out was the fact that they were able to gain the audience’s attention and control in clapping along to their last song “Lights Are Out.” When the show finished the group joined together and took a bow. Sigfinnsdóttir was very grateful to her fans and the people who came. She even expressed the fact that she was surprised so many people came out to see the performance. Overall the group made some in the crowd’s heart beat and feel emotional through the deep lyrics and melodies.

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