Laki Pants

Winter hiking pants—often too warm or not warm enough—are difficult to get right. But Icelandic label 66°North’s Laki pants are a perfect expression of the brand’s technical knowhow and design capabilities. Polartec Alpha insulation services the large muscle groups and Polartec Power Shield Pro supports venting and movement where you need it. Though perfect for a winter hike, they’re stylish enough to hold up on …

Valborg Ólafs: Holiday

Icelandic indie four-piece Valborg Ólafs returns with “Holiday,” a bright and melodic track, driven by the thoughtful vocals of Valborg Ólafsdóttir and underscored by majestic harmonies. The upbeat, beautiful ode to vacations will appear on their forthcoming album, Silhouette, which they self-produced inside a church under the Eyjafjallajökull volcano on the southern coast of Iceland.

Premiere: “Right Here” by KODO, Emilíana Torrini + The Colorist Orchestra

The traditional Japanese drumming collective collaborates with an Icelandic vocalist and Belgian concept act

Belgian pop-music collective The Colorist Orchestra was founded in 2013 by Aarich Jespers and Kobe Proesmans with the intent to be rearranged to accommodate a series of singer-songwriter collaborators. They once again join forces with acclaimed Icelandic recording artist Emilíana Torrini on “Right Here,” a track from the forthcoming  Kodo Together album (out 9 July). The LP is the vision of multi-generation Japanese drum collective KODO. They’ve …