Icelandic

In The Silence

Artist: 
Ásgeir
Label: 
One Little Indian

Aparently Ásgeir is quite a big deal in his native Iceland, outselling some of the country's biggest artists like Bjork and Sigur Ros. His debut album In The Silence is certainly nice to listen to and I can certainly understand why it's popular there and will probably soon breakthrough over here, it significantly lacks the originality and experimental nature of Sigur Ros and especially Bjork. Sure it has its innovative moments, but overall it's not the most original record.

Sounds Like: 
Bon Iver
Sounds Like: 
Beirut
Sounds Like: 
The xx
Sounds Like: 
James Blake
Name: 
Brett Botting
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2014

Biophilia

Artist: 
Björk
Label: 
Nonesuch
Sounds Like: 
The Sugarcubes
Sounds Like: 
iamamiwhoami
Sounds Like: 
Kate Bush
Sounds Like: 
The Knife
Sounds Like: 
Late Sufjan Stevens
Name: 
Nora Campbell
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2011

We Built a Fire

Artist: 
Seabear
Label: 
Morr Music

Spin this!!! A very well put together album; I like almost every song. These guys are from Iceland, so of course their music all have a very "pretty: feel to it. Unlike Sigur Ros, they mostly sing in English and they have a more concrete feel, less dreamlike. Their melodies, harmonies and various instruments meld together seamlessly to create very pleasant pieces. But they balance that with elements in their songs that make you feel rushed, or hurried but still a very chill album. Quality.

Sounds Like: 
Seawolf
Sounds Like: 
Sufjan Stevens
Sounds Like: 
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Sounds Like: 
a more upbeat Sigur Ros
Name: 
Shuqi Li
Date Reviewed: 
03/15/2010