Music That Matters, Vol. 328 – Iceland Airwaves 2012 Preview

Úlfur Úlfur at KEX Hostel in July / photo by Jim Beckmann

This week, KEXP returns to the land of fire and ice to broadcast during Iceland Airwaves 2012, where once again we’ll feature live performances from bands each day, some you’ve heard before and others you probably haven’t… nor can probably even pronounce! It’s the sheer talent and diversity of Iceland music that keeps bringing us back, and we’ll be featuring a variety of Icelandic artists as we broadcast live from the library of KEX Hostel in Reykjavik starting Wednesday, October 31, through Friday, November 2. You can see the broadcast schedule here

But in anticipation of the broadcast, we’ve assembled a Music That Matters podcast featuring many of the artists on our broadcast and others who are performing the festival this year. Gathered here you’ll find just an example of the dizzying microcosm of sound from the small Nordic nation that has captivated us over the years. From to moody Anglo Pop to Icelandic hip-hop, from sunny SoCal garage to glacially epic metal, and from the smooth sounds yacht rock to the warm vibes of Jamaican jams, you’ll here it all here:

1. Gang Related – Dashboard Elvis (from Stunts & Rituals)
2. Sóley – I’ll Drown (from We Sink)
3. Ásgeir Trausti – Leyndarmál (from Dýrð í dauðaþögn)
4. Tilbury – Sunblinds (from Exorcise)
5. Sin Fang – Shine For Me (from Half Dreams)
6. Ojba Rasta – Hreppstjórinn (from Ojba Rasta)
7. Pétur Ben – Cold War Baby (from God’s Lonely Man)
8. Solstafir – Fjara (from Svartir Sandar)
9. Moses Hightower – Sjáum hvað setur (from Önnur Mósebók)
10. Monotown – Can Deny (from In The Eye Of The Storm)
11. Dream Central Station – Let The Rain (Wash Over Me) (from Dream Central Station)
12. Mr. Silla – One Step
13. My Bubba & Mi – Wild & You (from Wild & You)
14. Sudden Weather Change – Weak Design (from Sculpture)
15. Ghostigital – Dark In Here (from Division Of Culture & Tourism)
16. Úlfur Úlfur – Föstudagurinn Langi (from Föstudagurinn Langi)

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