Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Finally, KEXP has been invited to broadcast live from Iceland, so this week we are featuring songs from bands performing during our first international broadcast from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during the 2011 Iceland Airwaves festival (more info here). Today’s featured song is “Flóð” from Icelandic band For A Minor Reflection from the 2010 self-released album Höldum Í Átt Að Óreiðu.
Over the past two years, KEXP videographers have done the groundwork capturing content from the wealth of amazing Icelandic artists during the Iceland Airwaves music festival. The relatively small country has perhaps the largest number of great bands per capita than any other! Among the great artists we discovered are the post-rock group For A Minor Reflection. Fans of Godspeed You Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai and other similar instrumental bands will appreciate FAMR’s dramatic and dynamic build on their sometimes epic and always emotionally invigorating songs. The four young performers -- Kjartan Holm on guitar, Guðfinnur Sveinsson on guitar and piano, Elvar Jón Guðmundsson on bass, and Andri Freyr Þorgeirsson on drums -- back in 2007 caught the attention of Icelandic super-stars Sigur Rós, who invited them to perform a string of dates on their European tour. They’ve since knocked out two excellent albums and have been making inroads to the U.S. with shows in NYC and LA (including this past weekend!).
For A Minor Reflection unfortunately won’t be playing Seattle any time soon, but they will be playing live on KEXP from the KEX Hostel (perfect location, right?) in Reykjavik on Wednesday, October 12, at 8:00AM PST. Tune in and listen live! You can find out more information about our Iceland Airwaves broadcast here.
The band is currently doing their own “pledge drive,” hoping to raise the interest and cash to record a new EP. You can find out more about this project on their PledgeMusic page and on their website. Right now, watch this video we recorded last year in the band’s performance space: