KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Wednesday: For A Minor Reflection

photo by Keiko Kurita

For four young guys who can’t even drink yet (in the States, at least), For A Minor Reflection are certainly a doozy. The instrumental post-rock quartet earned comparisons to Explosions in the Sky for their explosive and energetic live performances. Fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós rewarded them for their talents by inviting them on a 15-date tour with them in 2008, following the release of Reflection’s 2007 album, Reistu þig við, sólin er komin á loft…, translated as “Rise and shine, the sun is up.” The sixty-minute album contains only six songs, only two of which were under eleven minutes. Interestingly, the album was not only recorded in a tiny garage but also without overdubs or second takes — each song was complete in one go. The result is a blend of melodic and shrieking guitars, with occasionally violent percussion and spine-tingling explosions of emotional catharsis.

Their growing fanbase allowed the band to record their 2010 followup, Höldum í átt að óreiðu, in Sigur Rós’s studio, Sundlaugin, in Iceland with LA producer Scott Hackwith, and the sound is suitably more pristine and majestic. The songs, also, have been shortened to more digestible and, luckily for us, more radio-friendly lengths. Now, a new EP is avaliable online.

We’ve been fortunate to record the band a couple of times before on post trips to Iceland Airwaves, but For A Minor Reflection’s set at the For A Minor Reflection’s set at KEX Hostel in Reykjavík during Iceland Airwaves ’11 was one of their most dynamic and explosive we’ve ever witnessed. Check out the photos from this blazing set now:

photos by Keiko Kurita:

photos by Michael Matynka:

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