Júníus Meyvant: Color Decay

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Already in heavy rotation in his native Iceland, Júníus Meyvant (né Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson) caught the attention of listeners on both sides of the Atlantic with his crisply produced folk-pop debut single “Color Decay.” Meyvant’s stoic rasp calls to mind Father John Misty while the calculated horn placement suggests a distant relation to Beirut at his loudest. In true Icelandic form, the song is cheerful without being cheesy, and folksy without sounding provincial. The song appears on This Is Icelandic Indie Music Vol. 2 with a host of promising artists from the cultural hotbed island nation of the north.