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. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Shine For Me” by Sin Fang from the 2012 EP Half Dreams on Morr Music.
It’s fitting that we should feature Icelandic artist Sindri Már Sigfússon so soon after we return from broadcasting live in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves. A popular figure in his own home country, Sindri gained international acclaim first with Seabear, a solo project that began in 2003 and grew into a seven-member collective. Because it’s typical in the Icelandic scene for musicians to join multiple projects, larger bands find it difficult to stick together and release albums regularly. Wanting to find a larger outlet, Sindri Már Sigfússon developed a second project five years later, originally called Sin Fang Bous. Whereas Seabear tends toward anthemic folk, Sin Fang Bous explores realms of quirky experimentation. But like his other band, this new one (now with a shorter name) has grown into a full project, which includes Sóley Stefánsdóttir. With each album - first Clangour in 2008, then Summer Echoes in 2011, and soon Flowers in 2013(?) - Sin Fang tends toward more glimmering indie pop. Today’s featured song, “Shine for Me,” from the stopgap EP Half Dreams, is a swooning, ethereal sing-along that’s much more fully conceived than when we recorded his lo-fi project back in 2009 (see here).
What’s next for Sindri? Well, he just performed live on KEXP on our broadcast from KEX Hostel during Iceland Airwaves, and Flowers, the new album, produced by Alex Somers, is due in the next few months. You can find out more and wait for it eagerly by lurking on his Facebook page. But, being as prolific as he is, Sindri Már Sigfússon has started a new electronic project called Pojke. You can listen to it and even remix a track from it, over on his Soundcloud page. For now, though, here’s a video for another song from the new EP... watch “Only Eyes”: