As if you really needed more! But yes, it’s all about Iceland these next few weeks as we gear up for our return to Reykjavik later this month to broadcast during Iceland Airwaves 2012. Why do we keep going back to this small island nation with a population of about half the size of Seattle? Because no other country has such a high concentration of artistic talent and diversity. While this icy microcosm has sent forth Björk, Sigur Ros and more recently Of Monsters and Men into the world, there are scores of other bands waiting to be discovered. On air today, you’ll hear a new Icelandic artist, Ásgeir Trausti, who sounds a bit like Bon Iver but sings completely in Icelandic. Tomorrow, the trans-digital melodies of Apparat Organ Quartet, and Saturday the art rock sounds of Sudden Weather Change. All live, all performing Friday night’s free Reykjavik Calling showcase at Neumos.
Gathered here are more of the artists we filmed at last year’s Iceland Airwaves — further demonstrating Iceland’s diversity of music. Just listen to the multinational sounds of Útidúr, who pair Baltic traditionalism with modern rock and Icelandic lyrics; the equally large instrumentalists Orphic Oxtra, who cram 11 members into a small room for a jazz-polka hoedown; Reykjavik’s noise rockers Reykjavik!, whose songs vary between melodic metal and frenzied screamcore; and the inspired pairing of songwriter/composer Petúr Ben and electronic/dreampop musician Eberg. Look for more new musical discoveries from Iceland later this month: