Område – Styrking Leið – Video

The Icelandic ambient-metal outfit Område release the LP Nåde on the 26th.

OMRÅDE - Nåde - CD

OMRÅDE – Nåde – CD

Although over two years ago that Område last featured the music is immediately recognisable by its countenance. Styrking Leið, the fifth of the eight tracks, drifts quietly through the room in layers of sweeping synth as though narrating a tale of darkening gloom and as the six and a just over two thirds minutes composition evolves so does the intensity of the output building to a foreboding conclusion.

Nåde – Omrade is available on iTunes.*

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Vök – Show Me – Video

The Icelandic dream-synth band Vök will be releasing the LP Figure on the 28th of April.

Vök - Show Me

Vök

Released as a stand-alone single earlier in the month – Show Me – from the forthcoming album curls gently through the room relaxing all those it touches in a roughly three and a half minutes track that has the hallmarks of their sound.

Show Me – Single – Vök is available on iTunes.*

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Einar Vilberg – Something To Lean On – Audio

The Icelandic rock creator Einar Vilberg is finalising details for his début solo LP.

Einar Vilberg

Einar Vilberg

Within the past few hours Something To Lean On was made available.

Established as the vocalist for Noise; as a solo artist Einar is able to explore a heavier rock sound which is delivered through the just over three minutes of Something To Lean On with a deft finesse and the listener can remain blissfully unconcerned that it is one player performing the four parts.

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Soffía Björg – Drink – Audio

The Icelandic alt-rock project of Soffía Björg will be releasing the début eponymous LP in physical format on the 13th of April.

Soffía Björg

Soffía Björg

On hitting play a spellbinding vocal drifts across the room to a backdrop of luxuriously textured guitar that instantly holds attention and all external distractions fade into silence as the listeners mind is completely absorbed in the intense and brooding undercurrent.

From the forthcoming album – Drink.

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Ned Gale – Hometown – Video

The Icelandic melodic-rocker Ned Gale released the single Hometown on the 25th.

Ned Gale

Ned Gale

With self-evident reference point of Dire Straits – Hometown (available on bandcamp) doesn’t dwell in the past rather provide a continuum of the ever evolving cycle of music where to pull on the past can still make for material of currency and in another forty years so one will be minded of Ned Gale as a circumlocution of influence with the same rushed and awkward lyrics trying to cram themselves into spaces that don’t exist.

If you don’t fully recall Sultans of Swing in what is now an iconic reference track with its broken stanzas and over reaching lyrics do take another listen before you criticise Ned for doing exactly the same thing in his début release and given time will be as smoothly able to transition the contrasts.

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