Iceland: Indie & Instrumental Mixtapes (#6B) Stream & Download

This mixtape – the second in a series of three on Icelandic music – focuses on indie and instrumental music.


Over the course of three days, we will be rolling out a three-part, comprehensive mixtape covering many bases of the Icelandic music scene, to supplement our feature about The Real Icelandic Music Scene. The feature digs beneath Iceland’s obvious musical exports like Sigur Rós, Múm, and Björk, and finds out what everyday life is like for the average Icelandic musician.

This mixtape – the second in a series of three – focuses on indie and instrumental music.

We contacted a number of Icelandic record labels and independent musicians to exclusive permission to host MP3s just for this mixtape. You will not find the majority of these MP3s available for free anywhere else on the internet… so enjoy!

Curated by Vivian Hua, Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE

 

Download Mixtape (118.7 MB)

 

  1. Of Monsters And Men – “Little Talks” (Record Records)
    This six-piece indie folk band hails from Reykjavik and sing in English, and their musical fullness is apparent with “Little Talks,” through the use of diverse instrumentation and playful vocals.

    www.myspace.com/ofmonstersandmen

     

  2. The Way Down – “Fatal”
    With “Fatal,” this four-member indie rock band pays proper attention to jangling guitarwork and cascading cadences… in multiple languages.

    www.myspace.com/thewaydownspace

     

  3. Peter And Wolf – “Samba Suicide” (Ching Ching Bling Bling)
    “Samba Suicide” lives up to its track title, with subdued grooves, depressing lyrics talking about “killing yourself in the morning light,” and samba-influenced percussive backdrop.

    www.myspace.com/peterandwolf

     

  4. California Cheeseburger – “Paralysed” (Ching Ching Bling Bling)
    “Paralysed” is a small pleasantry which recalls ‘50s prom music, and lives in the same world as bands like Tennis.

    www.myspace.com/cheeseburgerspace

     

  5. Rökkurró – Augun Opnast (12 Tónar)
    Rökkurró’s music is a perfect blend of pop music and melancholy, with difficult-to-pinpoint vocals fluttering like butterflies atop it.

    www.myspace.com/rokkurro

     

  6. Worm Is Green – “The Darkness” (ata:digital)
    Haunting storytelling combines with trip-hop beats in this offering by this electronic band that boasts diverse songwriting chops.

    www.myspace.com/wormisgreen

     

  7. Seabear – “Lion Face Boy” (Morr Music)
    Seabear is one of the better-known Icelandic indie rock bands, and “Lion Face Boy” is the single off of the band’s latest album, We Built A Fire.

    www.myspace.com/seabear

     

  8. Pascal Pinon – “New Beginning” (Morr Music)
    Pascal Pinon is comprised of twin sisters Jófríður and Ásthildur, who began creating pop music together at the age of 14. “New Beginning” is the gentlest of bedroom pop jams.

    www.gogoyoko.com/#/artist/pascalpinon

     

  9. Feldberg – “I’m Not Thinking Of You” (Cod Music)
    A project between Eberg (Einar Tönsberg) and Rósa Birgitta Ísfeld, “I’m Not Thinking Of You” is just stunning in its lyrical and musical simplicity.

    www.myspace.com/feldberg

     

  10. Amiina – “Over And Again”
    A six-person band based out of Reykjavik, Amiina is rich in stringed instruments; as just a post-rock band, Amiina would be remarkable. Add ethereal vocals, and it becomes obvious why the band has received international attention.

    www.gogoyoko.com/#/artist/amiina

     

  11. Sketches For Albinos – “Daniel Likes Birds”
    “Daniel Likes Birds” is glitched-out, electronic-influenced post-rock from UK-to-Iceland transplant Matthew Collings.

    www.myspace.com/sketchesforalbinos

     

  12. Miri – “Góða Konan”
    Miri is one of few Icelandic bands on this mixtape with members that reside outside of Reykjavik. “Góða Konan” (“Good Woman”) is equal parts experimentation and traditional post-rock.

    www.foraminorreflection.com

     

  13. For A Minor Reflection – “Átta”
    This instrumental quartet shows its rough-and-tumble side with the progressively more hypnotic “Átta” (“Eight”).

    www.foraminorreflection.com

     

  14. Daníel Bjarnason – “Bow To String I. – Sorrow Conquers Happiness” (Bedroom Community)
    This track by experimental classical composer Daníel Bjarnason is one of the last tracks on this mixtape for a reason; it is intense and unsettling, but in the most satisfying of ways.

    www.danielbjarnason.com

     

  15. BONUS TRACK: Skakkamanage – “Summer All Over” (Skakkapop / Smekkleysa)
    If you need it after the last track, use this trio’s “Summer All Over” as a relaxing respite.

    www.skakkapopp.is

     

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Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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MrZ
MrZ
11 years ago

Really great!
Thanx a lot!! 😀

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