Six piece rock band Reykjavík!—don’t forget the exclamation mark to avoid confusion with Iceland’s capital city—bring us what is without any doubt this year’s best album artwork.
And that’s not all!
Finally, Reykjavík! made their grown-up, mature record—although their
two previous ones, ‘Glacial Landscapes, Religion, Oppression &
Alcohol’ (2006) and ‘THE BLOOD’ (2008), were not ugly at all.
let’s call this the rise of Reykjavík! v2.0. Or Oxford’s Ride having a
cosy, but loud, barbecue with their Icelandic friends Gavin Portland
and I Adapt—the boys hang in the backyard, while some family and friends
(Mugison to name just one) provide extra meat and beer.
vocals, noisy guitars, banging drums: this is ‘Rokk í Reykjavík—The
Revenge’. This is certainly one of the best records made in Iceland this
year. Need I say more? Yes, I love the track titles: ‘INTERNET,’
‘Hellbound Heart,’ and ‘Knifestorm.’ However, as an MD, my favourite
track is certainly ‘Nurse, Please’.
The Reykjavík! cocktail this
winter is a mixed mélange of soft and sweet alcohol, with a heavy crème
fraiche topping. Not healthy, but delicious.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Ruddinn is a one-piece band starring Bertel Ólafsson, who squeezes pop, rock, indie and electro into the blender at his home studio in Hafnarfjörður. The result is a strange cocktail of ‘80s electronica with guitars. On this third album, ‘I Need A Vacation,’ the monotonous voice of einzelgänger Ruddinn is accompanied by the distinct voice of Heiða Eiríks (known for her work with Unun and now Hellvar). With the exception of two songs that lack the female touch, the male and female voices balance well over the 11 track album. The album sounds like Unun attending an ‘80s Britpop party with The Human League, New Order and Pet Shop Boys, remixed by the GusGus of the ‘90s. My favourite songs on the record are ‘Too Distant For Us,’ ‘Cover The Distance’ and the title track, ‘I Need A Vacation.’ This is definitely Ruddinn’s best album so far.