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Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) I can't believe we haven't already talked about music!

Here is a beautiful version of Árstíðir - Heyr himna smiður that I came across in Facebook. It was recorded in a train station with beautiful acoustics.


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Betty Asma (everydayabook) | 3569 comments I agree about the lofty music from Arstidir and thought how the performers look warm enough. They spontaneously vocalized in the train station after a concert.

"Árstíðir is the Icelandic word for "seasons." We chose this name because our music drew inspiration from nature and the ups and downs of our local weather. Just this past Easter Sunday, Reykjavík had 6 separate blizzards interspersed with warm sunshine.-- Kickstarter.com

I found eight tracks at http://www.arstidir.com/#music .


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) Yes and they have three complete albums, alternating between languages and sometimes English but great stuff!


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Betty Asma (everydayabook) | 3569 comments The national anthem of Iceland sounds beautiful as well.


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Rusalka (rusalkii) One of our national radio stations has a feature album each week of a new release. A couple of weeks ago it was Ásgeir - In the Silence (seems to be a re-worked into English version of his first album) which I remember quite enjoying the songs they played. His YouTube channel is here http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEnUa...

Also, Of Monsters and Men have been a huge thing over here in Aus for the last 2 years or so. I really enjoy their music. This is one of my favourites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eD...


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) And of course we can't forget Björk and Sigur Rós.


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Betty Asma (everydayabook) | 3569 comments Rusalka wrote: "...Also, Of Monsters and Men have been a huge thing over here in Aus for the last 2 years or so. I really enjoy their music. This is one of my favourites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eD... "

Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "And of course we can't forget Björk and Sigur Rós."

Those composite animals reminded me of monsters in Icelandic folklore. I liked the ship, too. I found a list of Icelandic musicians at http://en.wikipedia.org.advanc.io/wik... which notes the many musicians we mentioned in this topic.


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Carolyn | 8 comments Then there's the music from some of the films. 'Áfram veginn' at the end of 'Jar City' was beautiful, and featured the Reykjavik Police Choir. Sigur Rós also contributed a couple of very moving tracks to the film 'Angels of the Universe', and then there was the lovely soundtrack to 'Children of Nature'. Choirs are such a part of Icelandic culture on all sorts of occasions, from community events to sheep sales.
For those of you who a lucky enough to visit Reykjavik, the 11am Sunday service at Hallgrimskirkja offers some of the finest church music you will ever hear, featuring a majestic organ, a superb choir and incredible acoustics.


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Betty Asma (everydayabook) | 3569 comments Carolyn wrote: "Then there's the music from some of the films. 'Áfram veginn' at the end of 'Jar City' was beautiful, and featured the Reykjavik Police Choir. Sigur Rós also contributed a couple of very moving tra..."

The communal singing of a choir reminds me of the contrast with the two young singers in The Fish Can Sing. Both of them sang solo and a cappella and benefited the community in their own way. So to discover Iceland's choral singing broadens my concept about its culture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMCpt...


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Betty Asma (everydayabook) | 3569 comments Don wrote: "My favorite Icelandic artist for the last couple of years has been Lay Low. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-ztNm..."

I don't often watch music videos but do like the songs themselves.


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Andrew (soorploom) Highly recommend: Seabear, Sin Fang, Sóley, Rokkurö, Amiina, Múm - assuming this thread.isn't dead now!


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) Andrew wrote: "Highly recommend: Seabear, Sin Fang, Sóley, Rokkurö, Amiina, Múm - assuming this thread.isn't dead now!"

Woohoo more to listen to!


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Betty Asma (everydayabook) | 3569 comments Andrew wrote: "...Seabear, Sin Fang, Sóley, Rokkurö, Amiina, Múm..."

Great suggestions for listening to Icelandic music, Andrew.


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Andrew (soorploom) Glad you enjoy Sin Fang, he is a real favourite of mine. I saw Sóley perform in Edinburgh last summer, great experience.


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Betty Asma (everydayabook) | 3569 comments Don wrote: "Ran across this today in case anyone is interested -
"Fifteen Icelandic Bands You May Not Know But Should"
http://ragnaarbastiaan.com/2014/07/21..."


Cool Icelandic music site of favorite bands and of book Blue Eyed Pop: The History of Popular Music in Iceland. I also like this book/CD description about saga-related Icelandic folk music, http://www.amazon.com/Icelandic-Men-M...


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Judy (bookgirlarborg) Sin Fang is coming to the 125th Icelandic Festival in Gimli over the August long weekend! It will be great to hear him.


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Betty Asma (everydayabook) | 3569 comments Judy wrote: "Sin Fang is coming to the 125th Icelandic Festival in Gimli over the August long weekend! It will be great to hear him."

Judy, that's New Iceland, Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, on Lake Winnipeg. The community is extensively descended from nineteenth-century Icelanders.


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Betty Asma (everydayabook) | 3569 comments Icelandic Airwaves in November 2014.


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