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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.

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Iceland Airwaves Preview: FURA Interview (LISTEN)

We’re heading to Iceland Airwaves! Students enrolled in the Radio Department’s Covering International Festivals: Iceland course will travel to Iceland to cover the festival, Icelandic culture and more, beginning Nov. 5.  Follow their journey here. Check out a preview story below.

From producing the LungA Festival to creating the LungA school. Björt Sigfinnsdóttir is not only an avid entrepreneur, but also the songstress of the electronic group known as FURA. From this interview listeners will learn about how Sigfinnsdóttir feels about her music and her work, how FURA came together and what helped Sigfinssdóttir develop her beautiful voice.

The two other members making up FURA include Hallur Jónsson & Janus Rasmussen of Bloodgroup.

(“Poems of the Past” is the song being played throughout the interview piece.)

FURA will be playing Airwaves at IÐNÓ on Thursday, November 6 at 8:50 p.m. GMT.

Iceland Airwaves Day Two: Bloodgroup, Bárujárn, Love and Fog, Temple (10/31)

After my blog post yesterday I was able to see a few other bands before I went into a six hour coma due to sleep deprivation.

Bloodgroup performed last night at Harpa Silfurberg.  They are a band with a completely unique sound, a blend of electronic, metal and indie.  During the show everyone, with exception of the drummer and one of the members working a bunch of electronic equipment, would switch instruments, giving each song its own unique soundscape.  One of the members even played keytair (a guitar and piano combined), which added a very interesting element to the songs featuring it.  They had very amusing crowd interaction between songs which is always a plus, and in addition they had both a male and female vocalist, bringing even more diversity to their high energy live performance.  This is a band definitely worth seeing.

After Bloodgroup I headed over to Amsterdam to see Bárujárn.

Bárujárn is the present day Icelandic equivalent to American 1950s surfer rock, like Dick Dale.  The setting in Amsterdam was very intimate and it was great to see the band so close after being in large venues at Harpa prior.  The band consisted of a drummer, guitarist/vocalist, a bassist wearing some type of fur hat (which was pretty cool), and a woman playing a theremin (which added a very interesting layer to the driving rock.)  The band sang in Icelandic but spoke in English between songs.  They got many laughs out of the crowd with some pretty crude jokes, setting a great tone for the show.

After a night’s sleep and another day of exploring Reykjavík I began the night by seeing Love and Fog.

Love and Fog is described on the Iceland Airwaves website as an electronic duo, however most who see their show will notice that there are actually three members: a bassist, a guitarist and an absolutely beautiful keyboard player.  The three play together against the backdrop of a well thought out drum machine that is reminiscent of America’s New Wave music of the ’80s with a funk-meets-alternative type of twist.  Witty banter, danceable beats, and the fact that their amp was seated on two quarter-kegs of beer make this group a blast to see, especially in Hressó’s outdoor tent.

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*Love and Fog

After a bit of dancing there I mosied on over to Gamla Bió to see Temple, but was early and caught a remarkable acoustic band called Árstíðir, which was quite possibly the happiest I’ve been being early to anything.  With two acoustic guitars, one acoustic bass, a keyboard, a violin, a cello and captivating six part harmonies, this drumless sextet painted a landscape of beauty in sound.  Truly remarkable.

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*Árstíðir

Then Temple hit the stage.  Talk about a band that can take listeners from a place of peace and serenity to a firestorm of chaos and face melting.  This guitar and drum based Swedish band could have someone crying one moment and head-banging the next.  The bass player at one point began playing his bass with some sort of wooden stick.  They were certainly a show people will be buzzing about tomorrow.

That’s all for me tonight.  Check in tomorrow to hear reviews of Sólstafir, Young Fathers (a member of which I just met moments ago), and many more.  Goodnight Reykjavík!