2013 Top Ten List Spotlight: Iceland Bands

September 3, 2015

Icelandic bands have a reputation for being awesome and in 2013, they are just keeping up with the promise they have made earlier with outstanding songs. As if 2012 was not enough, Icelandic bands are putting together mesmerizing songs in this year too. As all the songs of each album are amazing in their own right, we are going to talk about the best Iceland bands in this article. So, let’s have a quick look at them.

Mammút – Komdutilmínsvartasystir (Record Records)

Iceland BandsThe first band on our list is the Mammút which is currently, one of the most dynamic bands in Iceland. After releasing LP, Karkari, the band waited four years to launch their newest album in 2013. As the band members were a mere teenager, they finished their school during this period. However, they did perform in live shows and some of the songs of Komdu til’s were broadcasted throughout the Iceland Airwaves. Also, they took time and they have sharpened the sound of their new LP. The flagship songs include the moodily melodic Ströndi, the punchy Blóðberg, and the hypnotic Glæður or the Tungan. Last but not the least, when you listen to dark sister, you discover the wonders of the night.

Snorri Helgason – Autumn Skies (Record Records)

Iceland BandsSnorri Helgason is a true musical talent with a phenomenal voice and excellent songwriting skills. He has been a successful folk singer-songwriter along with Ray LaMontagne, Alexi Murdoch, Sam Beam, and Gregory Alan Isakov. For this reason, his newest release ‘Autumn Skies’ is already making a buzz among the fans. Moreover, his love for dusty Americana is appealing and like the other songwriters, he has a penchant to find the hook in every song he writes. Besides, this album is the first-ever album, which is recorded with a full band including band members Moses Hightower, Múm, and Hjaltalín. All the songs of this album are delicate and heart touching.

Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band – 4 Hliðar (SJS Music)

Iceland BandsSamúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band is a groovy and afrobeat-loving band, which has been entertaining the fans for a long time. Samúel Jón Samúelsson has been working with a long list of famous musicians, composers, trombonists around Reykjavik. However, when he is not working with them, he likes to hang out with friends and doing Fela Kuti inspired jams. His band’s latest release is the long Fela Kuti inspired jams, which means four sides. In truth, this album’s songs are written on four covers. In fact, the songs are long, lasting in between 7 and 12 minutes. They also feature some of the best horn, guitar, keyboard, drummers, and bass in Iceland. Although Samúel Jón Samúelsson is the centerpiece of this album, the main draw of the songs is pure music.

Oyama – I Wanna EP (self-released)

Iceland BandsThe last band on our list is the Oyama, which has released I Wanna EP. Fans in Iceland know what Oyama is as they are a heavy draw in Iceland. The previous songs of Oyama were influenced by Kevin Shields, but this newest album is a fresh musical cover from them. The specialty of Oyama’s song is that they are a classic example of shoegaze genre.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is all the above-mentioned bands have unique characteristics with fine musical nous. So, let us know below if we have missed any band that you consider to be a part of this list.