Review- Bellstop: Karma

Bellstop are actually Rúnar Sigurbjörnsson and Elín Ólafsdóttir. I have to say that I approached their album with some trepidation. The main reason for this? The awful artwork. The website and album cover suggests a sub-standard video game. Poor name, awful artwork; I was on a downer from the start. You could argue that I’m […]


Ok, ok, I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed with new music from Iceland. I scour the internet looking for new bands, and I have been known to patrol the bars and clubs of Reykjavík looking for something new and exiting. Iceland Airwaves makes my head explode. Just lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about Orfia. I […]

Sigur Rós at Jodrell Bank. Otherworldly.

Sigur Rós have a habit of doing things out of the ordinary. Not only have they chosen to play at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, UK, beneath the world famous 250ft diameter Lovell Telescope, but their concert starts with a specially composed piece of music featuring radio echoes from meteors; signals from spacecraft travelling to the […]

Grúska Babúska Are Coming!

Grúska Babúska are releasing their debut album on 1st of April 2013 with the UK label Static Caravan. Grúska Babúska’s songs are all sung in Icelandic and recorded in Iceland – co- produced by Mike Lindsay (Tuung, Cheek Moutain Thief) and mixed in Greenhouse studios in Reykjavík. An online release will follow on the 14th of April. They are also on […]

Grúska Babúska!

Grúska Babúska is a female four-piece based in Reykjavík, but with their eyes firmly set on the rest of the world. They have a unique sound, whilst at the same time could only have come from Iceland. They could quite possibly be the next big thing. I caught up with one of the band members, […]

Amiina Advent Calendar.

Amiina, one of my favourite Icelandic acts, have once again produced an advent calendar. Each day, we are provided with a treat that rivals the little chocolates in my advent calendar at home. Despite only being three days into December, we’ve already been treated to several lovely tracks, one slightly scuzzy track and neat little […]

Iceland Airwaves ’12: Day 2

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. My day started incongruously early, with a ‘Rock and Bacon’ session in Prikið. Grúska Babúska had just what I needed. A quartet of Icelandic girls, perched on tables and stools, and delivered a tasty breakfast of vocals, electronics and flute. It was a perfect start to the day, surrounded by Airwavers, […]