Training Dragons in Iceland

I went to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 yesterday, with one of my girls. Not only had I forgotten that Jonsí had written a song for the soundtrack – Where No One Goes – but I was struck by how much Icelandic imagery featured throughout the film. No doubt influenced by writer/director Dean […]

Books & Badgers

I love bookshops. I think it stems from those years working in a record shop, which I also love, but are even harder to find these days. It’s something to do with the browsing, the choice, the options. It’s about making a discovery. Bookshops often have a more calming air about them, and less greasy […]

Who the hell are Hugar?

Hugar are Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson, two 20-year-old guys from Seltjarnarnes, just outside Reykjavík, Iceland. Their paths didn’t really cross until Bergur and a funk band he had formed started looking for a guitar player and found Pétur. It wasn’t until early 2012 that they started working on what would become Hugar. Add access […]

Music Review: Low Roar 0

Once just Ryan Katazija and his guitar/laptop, Low Roar have gained a number of band members, a stage presence and following to match. Aided by Mike Lindsay from English folk band Tunng (his influence is heavy throughout 0, no bad thing), Silla presumably borrowed from múm, and various members of Amiina, Low Roar are now […]

New Rökkurró song released!

Rökkurró – one of my favourite Icelandic bands by a long shot – will self-release their new album later this year which will be preceded by the single The Backbone. This single, which follows the superlative-inducing ‘Killing Time’ is also being made available in a limited handmade edition – limited to just 120 copies from […]

Sóley : Krómantík

Sóley is best known for being an original member of Seabear, but is also an emerging and talented solo artist. Her debut EP and subsequent album We Sink are delightful pieces of skewed piano pop, all showcasing her twisted lyrics and hushed vocals. Similarly, Sóley’s live shows have been well regarded both in Iceland and […]

The I Heart Reykjavík Charity Walking Tour

Auður from I Heart Reykjavík is doing a charity walking tour in aid of ICE-SAR on 15th August. I’ve donated an ebook copy of Iceland to each person taking part. I’m honoured to be involved. Here is what Auður has to say about it: The I Heart Reykjavík Charity Walking Tour On August 15th I’ll […]

ATP Iceland : Full Review

Day 1. It’s a weird old place Ásbrú. It’s a former NATO base, and the ghosts of its past use are on every corner—the hangars, the barracks, the unmanned checkpoint as you enter—and it’s oddly located being too far to walk from Keflavík, and yet close enough to be handy. It’s a complex mix of […]