Loft List: 10 Essential Icelandic Artists!



Gist: If the rest are the country’s stars, she is the Icelandic sun.

Download: “Joga,” “Pagan Poetry,” “Hyper-Ballad,” “Crying,” “Pluto,” “Desired Constellation,” “Wanderlust” and “Enjoy.”

Emilíana Torrini

Gist: Contemporary folk wonder with volcanic emotion.

Download: “Sunny Road,” “Jungle Drum,” “Unemployment In Summertime,” “Dead Duck,” “Me & Armini” and “Tuna Fish.”

Hafdís Huld

Gist: Icelandic quirk delivered at its best and most loopy

Download: “Who Loves The Sun,” “Pop Song,” “Plastic Halo,” “Könguló,” “Tomoko,” “Synchornised Swimmers” and “Litlar Stjörnur.”


Gist: Dream pop before it was invented.

Download: “Green Grass Of Tunnel,” “Nightly Cares,” “They Made Frogs Smoke ‘Til They Exploded,” “Marmalade Fires” and “Prophecies And Reversed Memories.”

Lay Low

Gist: Winter darkness is long in Iceland, this is the remedy.

Download: “Jolene,” “Please Don’t Hate Me,” “By And By” and “Farewell Good Night’s Sleep.”


Gist: Reykjavik melancholy captured by folk-inspired sextet.

Download: “Seoul,” “Hilli (At The Top Of The World),” “Over & Again” and “What Are We Waiting For?”

Ólöf Arnalds

Gist: Another folk chanteuse supported by Bjork.

Download: “Surrender,” “Jonathan,” “Close My Eyes” and “Solitary Man.”


Sigur Rós

Gist: Overtly emotive band with rock mentality and alternative swagger.

Download: “Gobbledigook,” “Hoppípolla,” “Sæglópur” and “Ára bátur”


Gist:  New artist born out of an arranged marriage between the feisty Lykke Li and the melancholic Agnes Obel.

Download: “I’ll Drown” and “Pretty Face.”

The Charlies

Gist: Their unabashed knack for Eurovision pop proves that Iceland is definitely a part of Scandinavia.

Download: “Let That Body Breathe,” “Ticking Like A Bomb” and “Monster (Eat Me)”

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Friðrik Ómar releases “Outside The Ring”

Outside The Ring is the fifth solo album by Friðrik Ómar, but the first one originally written by himself. Young at age he started to write music, but in his home country Iceland he is more known for his great vocal ability and his nice voice which has ranked him as the one the best singers in Iceland. On his new album you find very nicely arranged melodies which Friðrik Ómar sings seamlessly. The songs are 10 in total. Friðrik Ómar co-writes three with Stefán Örn Gunnlaugsson and Karl O. Olgeirsson. The lyrics are made by Friðrik Ómar, Peter Fenner, Alma Goodman and Steinn Steinarr, the beloved icelandic poet. The theme song of the album is ”Outside the ring”, a poet by Steinn Steinarr, translated by Jón Óttar Ragnarsson but written by Friðrik Ómar. Great album that has got well deserved attention.