Hailing from Iceland, this six-piece band, whose fantasy world is brought to life in their music, have been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire, Laura Marling, and elements of Bat for Lashes, and a sweeter dash of The Vaselines. They meld traditional sea-shanty folk, using male and female vocals, and beautiful harmonies, with tales […]
Sure Iceland has awesome bands and awful banks. But, heck, it’s way more than that. It’s kinda beautiful. And green. And lush. As this breathtaking video shot on Canon 550D by Klara Harden attests.
If you’re sporting some decent chops, and you have some time (and money) to spare, you can join the Beard Team USA Trip to Iceland and Norway for the 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships between May 8 to May 19. Yes, salute the hirsute!
The Land of Giants is a vision from Choi+Shine Architects to transform mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape. These amazing designs could be created by making only small alterations to existing pylon design.
It’s 12.54am and I’m finding it difficult to sleep. I’ve got post-gig excitement pulsing through my veins and I can’t get his voice out of my head. But I don’t mind. Who cares about waking up early for work and responsibilities when you’ve just come home from watching an amazing Icelandic specimen like Jonsi. What […]
We’ve heard plenty about the disruptions, chaos and inconvenience the Icelandic volcano no-one can pronounce has caused. Now it’s time for, quite literally, the silver lining. This stunning video from Sean Stiegemeier steps away from the ‘mediocre’ in a dramatic way. Coupled with music by Jonsi (of sigur rós), his partner Alex Somers and Peter […]
Designed by Icelandic creative, Hafsteinn Juliusson, the Growing Jewelry collection embraces nature in a most revolutionary manner, displaying live vegetation within striking silver casing. The grass needs to be watered every five weeks, and will live for a year, though it tends to survive longer at the Reykjavik Art Museum, where it lives on ‘sand […]
Lay Low, the alter ego of Icelandic singer/songwriter Lovisa Elisabet Sigrunardottir, draws inspiration from artists like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Kitty Wells. Her debut album, Please Don’t Hate Me (2006), topped the charts and went platinum in Iceland, and was the best-selling original album in the country that year, winning three Icelandic Music Awards. […]
Experimental artist Katie Paterson recorded the sounds made by three Icelandic glaciers and then pressed the noises onto records made from each glacier’s melted and re-frozen ice. As the Jailbreak blog notes: ‘She finished by playing the three ice records simultaneously for the two hours it took each to melt’.
Inspired by the unfettered feeling of the acoustic performances filmed during Heima, Sigur Rós adopted a looser approach in creating their fifth album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust. The album consequently is fresher and more human than anything they’ve previously recorded.
I went to see Persepolis with my mum. We don’t often get to see good films in theaters in Iceland, but once in a while film festivals take place here, and this time it was the annual French film festival.