What better way to start the Sunday than to get this new electro-pop gem from Icelandic pop kid Hildur on the stereo…
Liverpool-based talent (by way of Iceland), KRISTRÚN crafts a hauntingly dark blend of trip hop and electronic pop into a sound that feels atmospheric, raw and deeply intense.
Icelandic indie-pop kid Breazy Daze releases a light-hearted new single today about growing up and figuring out what you want.
The song carries a dreamy sense of youthful naiveté which is so infectiously sweet and charming.
The intricacy and intensity of this piece is out of this world…
Eccentric Icelandic indie pop with a distinct vocal.
Beautifully mellow indie, perfect for those of us looking for some escapism.
“I wanted to make music from a more empathetic, genuine place of something that could be of some value to a teenager, or to anyone in my position. What is the point of giving more pain to the world?”
Icelandic bubblegum pop.
I honestly don’t think you will hear anything quite like this. Eclectic and (frankly quite odd) indie pop from Iceland. Yet it still charms you!
It’s the start of Eurovision week (i.e. the world’s biggest music show), and for someone who follows the show for the fun rather than the music, this year I’ve been surprised by the number of countries submitting songs that could easily be on radio playlists.
Here’s some which have stood out to me – and as it happens, these are the main favourites to win…. Maybe Eurovision is starting to push for more current sounds again?
Duncan Lawrence – Netherlands (intense, minimal ballad with haunting elements).
Mahmood – Italy (my personal favourite this year from a talent who was featured in the past, this is punchy pop with angst).
Katerine Duska – Greece (the most beautifully melodic indie pop, along the lines of Florence & The Machine with a distinctive vocal).
Conan Osiris – Portugal (the most conceptual and idiosyncratic song this year, this feels better suited to an art installation at Tate Modern than Eurovision).
Michela – Malta (if Dua Lipa had a go at Eurovision, this would absolutely be it).
Hatari – Iceland (this has caused the biggest reaction this year- nothing is off limits with this group… It’s a bold electro/ goth/ synth sound that makes an impact from the start)
John Lundvik – Sweden (gospel pop with a mildly euphoric edge).
Luca Hänni – Switzerland (this is your standard bubblegum pop with big beats and catchy hooks).
And to be honest there’s a few more, but head on over to Eurovision’s website to check them out.
The Semi Final’s are on Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th May, with the Grand Final on Saturday 18th May. It’s broadcast across most countries globally, so check it out!
“I know what I like and I work hard to create the sounds and beats I love”.
Entirely in Icelandic, this is a minimal electropop vibe with an ethereal, Scandinavian coolness.
Dark, melancholic pop from Iceland.
Icelandic indie pop with a rousing chorus.