These little beauties – and many more featured by The Grapevine over the past twelve months – are available in our New Music Choices 2021-22 playlist.
Bríet – Cold Feet
Bríet knocks it out of the park again with this sparse, flimsy song about failed love. The entire first half of the song consists of nothing but vocals, accompanied by the most subtle keyboards, which gently come to the fore as the song progresses.
Beautiful, scary, and heartbreaking (albeit with a tinge of resolution) it’s the kind of breakup song you put on while wrapped in a blanket trying to convince yourself you did the right thing, no matter what. doesn’t matter how awful it is. ASF
russian.girls – Hundrað í Hættunni
And so to the russian.girls; an act that has been on the Reykjavík scene for at least seven years, but has managed to remain shrouded in mystery.
We can tell you that Guðlaugur Halldór Einarsson, a former member of recent Grapevine Skrattar cover stars, crafted the act to liven up his solo muso activity. But as you can imagine, the group’s name as an Internet search term only offers multiple opportunities for “Meet Lonely Leningrad Ladies!” This is probably a cheeky joke on the artist’s part (and maybe now is a good time to clear that browser’s history).
But maybe you don’t need all the tedious information provided by an overzealous reporter, so here’s the skinny. It’s moody, sparse, and gorgeous, with dark video to match. Look at this. JP.
Kaśka Paluch – The Moon (Tunglið Glotti Gult Og Bleikt)
Reykjavík musician and sound artist Kaśka Paluch has been documenting the natural sounds of Iceland for a few years now. Inspired by a conversation with a blind tourist while working as a tour guide, Kaśka set out to create an audio map of the country made up of location recordings made during her trip. These formed the basis of “Sound of Iceland”, last year’s album in which Kaśka produced dance music to blend with the audio she had captured in the field.
This intriguing piece develops this idea; based on a late 90s style progressive house track, it incorporates both the sounds of an Icelandic storm and an archival recording of an old Icelandic folk song. Eclectic, varied and very good. JP
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