Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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 song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Everything” by FM Belfast from the 2014 album Brighter Days on World Champion Records/Record Records.
When Iceland wants to party, there are few bands who can get a room jumping faster than FM Belfast. The merry band of friends began about nine years ago when when Árni Hlöðversson, Árni Vilhjálmsson and Lóa Hlín Hjálmtýsdóttir turned their studio project into a frenetic live act, adding Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason (múm) plus a rotating cast of others to appear onstage dancing and performing (maybe both). On each of their three records, including the recently released Brighter Days, they’ve chosen the lighter path of EDM, turning disco and other retro stylings toward an updated and constantly upbeat brand of electro-pop. As on today’s featured song, Everything, their lyrics, carefree but not careless, ask only the slightest bit of your attention before letting you throw your hands in the air and jog in place like you’re in a manic Jazzercise commercial. Yes, it’s true, “hard days will follow you to the end”, but “right now, right here” FM Belfast wants you to “leave everything at the door” and “empty your mind” so you can just feel good feeling good. Indeed, brighter days are now.
We’ve featured FM Belfast frequently on air and on the blog. You can read more about them here, here and here and watch past videos we’ve filmed of them here, here, and here. Unfortunately, there are no plans currently in the works for any U.S. shows, but next month, FM Belfast embarks on a European tour and will be performing Iceland Airwaves once again, so hopefully you’ll find more opportunities to lose yourself in their tunes. Until then, keep checking their website and Facebook page for updates and enjoy another song (the title track) from their new album: