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’. [audio:http://www.katiepaterson.org/sounds/katie_paterson_icerecord.wav]
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.