Ólafur Arnalds feat. Bonobo: Loom

For “Loom,” Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer Ólafur Arnalds collaborated with British musician and producer Bonobo (aka Simon Green). An electronic orchestral soundscape, it will be the opening track of Arnalds’ forthcoming album, some kind of peace (out 6 November). It’s the fourth release from the LP and another preview of how personal the complete work will be. The accompanying video, directed by Neels Castillon, features …

Icelandic Acts at Iceland Airwaves

Five local indie favorites that will be making their way to continental Europe

While only a handful of bands from Iceland have reached global acclaim, that doesn’t mean the magnificent island isn’t erupting with talent. During the most recent Iceland Airwaves music festival—our first time returning to the multi-venue international showcase since 2010—we were once again taken by Nordic acts—the local bands especially. From the broad range of genres to incredible performances and incisive lyrics to insane beats, …

Word of Mouth: Reykjavik Nightlife

With seasons of never-ending light, in this city parties start late and stay strong

Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice—and for good reason. Contrast is part of the Icelandic landscape and identity. Glaciers sit alongside steaming hot springs, snow-capped mountains run into black-sand beaches and in the capital of Reykjavik, the island nation’s rich cultural heritage exists in harmony with cutting-edge art and design. In the daylight hours (which change drastically with the season of …