For three years now, KEXP has been going back to Iceland in order to tap into the scene welling up out of those thermal heated pools there. And while we set out to discover a handful of great new bands to share with our listeners, we ended up discovering a nearly endless stream of talent. In fact, we just realized that the Iceland playlist on our YouTube channel contains over 12 hours of video! Gathered here are a few more artists we recorded around our recent broadcast during the the 2011 Iceland Airwaves festival.
The first two were filmed in Gym and Tonic, the back room of the KEX Hostel on our first day. Kiriyama Family, the “New, self-proclaimed princes of indie-electro-pop,” was completely new to us... and new to the world. At the time, the band had only a few songs in their repertoire, but their melodic dance grooves were immediately catchy. Look for a dream bill with them and Miike Snow! Prinspóló, on the other hand, offers a few more challenges to American listeners, particularly because principle songwriter Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson tends to sing only in Icelandic, but his quirky indie pop builds from repetitive loops into deep reaching hooks. You’ll be chanting words you have no idea what they mean! Agent Fresco is a band we first discovered back in 2009. We’ve since followed their trajectory as they’ve won one award after another. Normally, their self-described “polyrythmic oddtime rock with jazz and funk influence” translates to sheer sonic assault, but for this session, we met up with the band at a music school for a special acoustic, string-accompanied performance. Check out the videos and discover a new favorite of your own here: